This was our other adventure on our trip to Volcan. I’d never seen these animals before, let alone held them!
Originally posted on FindingMySelfinPanama:
Kris and I had always wanted to visit “Raquel’s Ark” in Volcan. I first found Raquel’s posts on Gringos in David where she has often mentioned that people are welcome to visit and see the various animals. Raquel says “I have an organization called Raquel’s Ark that was set up to help injured or abused wildlife of Panama. I am located in the mountains of Panama near the Costa Rica border. I hope to expand to help as many animals that I can. Presently I have owls, tucans, ferrots, kinkajous, raccoon, coatimundi, neque and two-toed sloths. To support my project I have to find work.”
Raquel bought the land 10 years ago and little by little she added many areas designed to house the animals. The Ark is a work in progress that Raquel self-finances from her Oracle consulting outside of Panama. Volunteers take care of the animals while she is off making money for the next round of expenses.
We found the place without too much difficulty, parked the car, and within minutes after meeting Raquel we both were given a sloth (mother and child) to hold (actually, they hug you more than you hold them).