Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge

Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge

Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
About
Jungla de Panama is a wildlife sanctuary that cares for and rehabilitates dozens of indigenous animals in a visitor-friendly, educational environment. Open daily from 10am-3pm. Located 10 minutes outside Boquete in the cloud forest of Palmira. ***AND DON'T FORGET*** You can also stay with us! Accommodations and on site restaurant available.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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Sayarma
Texas23 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
My husband & I visited a few days ago. It’s a small wildlife refuge started by an American veterinarian and now run by her & her adult kids. Drake took us on the tour and he was so passionate about what they do - rescuing & caring for injured, abused, neglected and/or confiscated wildlife (from the illegal wildlife trade). We asked lots of questions, got to feed & interact with some of the animals (those that can’t be reintroduced back into the wild), and learned lots about the different species. I’m normally suspicious about these kinds of places - but this place is a genuine animal refuge. We plan on volunteering there when we move to the area (they need volunteers, there’s so much work involved in running the place).
Written 27 October 2023
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Caroline T
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Drake provided an awesome educational tour that had a casual vibe, and he is bilingual in English & Spanish. Jungla is a small family-run local wildlife and farm animal rescue, all animals were rescued by Drake & his family. There were 5 enclosures we got to visit and some friendly dogs and cats who joined us while we were on the property. My family loves animals so it was great experience to learn each ones rescue story and meet them somewhat close. I highly recommend a tour & leaving a donation to the family that works hard to give these animals a second chance at life. If you’re in Boquete, it’s very close to town, we actually just stopped by the day before to book a tour for the next day—like many things in Panama, the process was very casual. So if you can’t/don’t want to book online just stop by!
Written 26 September 2023
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rasputin593
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
It was an amazing and unique experience. The guys are really taking care of the animals. Our guide showed us around and explained everything, how the rescue the animals and how they try to release them in the wild again if possible. We could also interact with the animals and feed them. Especially the monkeys were heart warming how they seek your company.
They also do a lot of work with the local community in order to provide a better life for all animals around here. It's defently worth a visit
Written 4 September 2023
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Ashley M
Lihue, HI7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Drake is a lovely soul who has so much knowledge of each and everyone of his animals! We enjoyed every minute we had with these precious animals and their establishment is very organized, clean and welcoming. We learned so much from our tour with Drake abs now have a better idea about the wildlife here in Panama. Highly recommend to visit this place. Thank you for a special time!
Ashley & Mark (Hawaii)
Written 28 August 2023
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mkmck
Rhode Island77 contributions
Jul 2023
This place is a must-visit if you are in the Boquete area and love animals. You have the opportunity to engage with rescue monkeys, parrots, goats, chickens, and cats. They have an owl resident, as well as a coati and a blind horse. The care of these animals is the life's work of the owner Dorothy and her family, who live on site. The love shown to these animals is heartwarming. Feeding and otherwise engaging with these beautiful creatures in that lovely setting is something we won't soon forget. If you are into this type of thing, do not pass up the chance to go to the Jungla. You will not be disappointed!
Written 24 July 2023
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Kristina L
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
I apologize for not remembering the young man’s name however he is the son of the mother who runs the refuge and was our guide. AMAZING!!! Can not begin to explain the dedication and love this family has poured into this community and the animals they care for. If you are from the State please remember this is not what you are accustomed to seeing back home. This family has built a sanctuary for the homeless and sick or mistreated animals that people have hurt or have been forced to leave behind. They have a wide range of animals in their care that either have been brought to them by local authorities or they have traveled to rescued. The owner and herself has raised her children to have the same passion and dedication to educating and caring for animals as she learned from being a zookeeper from my understanding. The dedication and commitment of this family is truly inspiring and visually noticeable when every animal was fallowing our guide around like he was their personal guardian. One macaw in particular, who can never be released into the wild has been nursed by hand by this young man and would not allow him to leave the macaws side. This sanctuary does not run on government funds and relies only upon tours and guests staying at the available lodging. If you have an hour at minimum of time I strongly recommend visiting this location because your money is definitely making a world of difference to so many animals lives. Especially a very loving monkey named Daisy who if she likes you she’ll never let you go. Absolutely gorgeous property that sits along the side of the main road and for the area it’s easy to get to. Easy access for parking. English speaking tour guide was available when we went. We just showed up. Hands down my favorite thing to do when in Boquete.
Written 21 June 2023
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Jeoffry lopel
4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Awesome experience got to feed monkeys an owl and some exotic birds. You could tell the guide really cared about the animals. The money goes to helping the animals get rehabilitated. Highly recommend!
Written 20 June 2023
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Escape10464462677
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
This place was amazing! My boyfriend and I had a great time - they were very knowledgable and we learned a lot :) family run refuge, I can tell they really care about the animals. Highly recommend going to support their cause + feed monkeys and macaws some bananas as well 😁
Written 4 June 2023
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mdfloyd322
Scottsbluff, NE523 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I'm trying to repost this. This trip was a couple of years ago and it just appeared back in my account. No idea what happened. I'm hoping the owner has updated

We booked Jungla because we thought it sounded interesting. It also had some nice photos. We loved animals and looked forward to supporting her 'refuge'. We enjoyed walking around, seeing the coatamundi, monkeys, owls, pony, etc. However, with an amateur eye, none of the animals appeared to need to be in a refuge. I could be totally wrong but that was our opinion. All were flying, climbing, etc, as they should. Again, we're not vets or naturalists so take these comments for what they're worth.

The main building, along the road is amazing with fantastic murals covering the entire interior and exterior. Amazing. However, the issues began when we were told that 'at the present time' there is no water, other than maybe 2 quarts in a plastic bottle in the cabin's kitchen from who knows where. No toilet flushes with no water. No toilet paper, no paper towels, a single dirty dish rag in the kitchen and all of the dishes needed to be cleaned...but no water to clean them with. She said at "some point the water would come back on" but in the meantime we would need to go to the store down the road to buy water for everything we needed. No offer for her to buy water for her guests...or even 'chip in'. As a vacation rental owner myself, this was totally unacceptable.

We did go to the store, bought some water and other provisions and came back to unpack and turn in for the night. The guest house is VERY large with a double bed in one corner and a small table a few feet away. The floor is mostly covered with loose pieces of vinyl flooring. Walking around required wearing shoes to avoid stubbing toes on the uneven edges of the random pieces. Even worse the floor was filthy with lots of dirt under the vinyl when lifted up.

When we were getting ready for bed and pulled down the top cover. There were wrinkles where the previous guests had slept and the pillow case had hair on it. The owner said it was from the cat but I know the difference. We pulled the sheets and pillowcases off and reversed them.

We made the decision to leave in the morning. I've stayed in dozens of vacation rentals over the years and I've never had to write a review like this.
Written 24 May 2023
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Andy Foster
Stratford, Canada12 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We read the many positive TripAdvisor reviews and decided to visit the Jungla de Panamá Wildlife Refuge. Most reviews reinforced this facility to be an animal rehabilitation centre and NOT a zoo. Before we paid the entrance fee we were promised a one-hour tour around the facility to see over 100 animals. After we paid $50 for two tickets we had a half-hour tour of mostly caged animals which included: two spider monkeys, a small owl, several ducks, a rooster, two goats, a blind pony, four parrots, and many dogs and several cats. We were very disappointed to say the least. Aside from the overly expensive entrance fee, we felt the animals were simply being used for a petting zoo. My wife and I don’t like the idea of zoos and intentionally avoid going to them during our trip in Panama. We left the Jungla Animal Refuge feeling uncomfortable by our decision to support such a business. We feel bad the animals live in such conditions and the fact most seem to live in cages, and on a steady diet of bananas. Also, the experience left us questioning why TripAdvisor would promote this type of facility and award them with a special Travellers Choice Award. We understand TripAdvisor strives for animal welfare in tourism, but these animals deserve better living conditions and better lives. We do NOT recommend this attraction.
Written 13 March 2023
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Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge is open:
  • Mon - Mon 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed - Sun 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM