Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center

The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that gives animals a second chance at life. Our dedicated staff and selfless volunteers work tirelessly to help these animals heal, keep them safe, rehabilitate them, and eventually re-release them into their natural habitat in the Costa Rican rainforest.


Marielos Morice Poveda

Marielos Poveda is one of the founders of the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center and her love for animals goes back a long way. Her passion for helping and rescuing injured animals was widely known even before the center was officially opened and she became the go-to person when animals were found injured, neglected, or abused.


Bernal Lizano

Bernal Lizano the other original founder of the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center. Bernal is the one who keeps our Center running by managing the financials, transportation of injured animals, and overall logistics. His dedication and passion for the Center is immediately clear to all who talk to him!


Linah Hein

Linah Hein is an Environmental and Sustainability Scientist from Germany and helps us since 2013 tireless as Assistant Manager. Her main duties include Consulting, Fundraising & Finance, PR, Website and Social Media Content Management.


Michelle Rechkemmer

Michelle is our Graphic Designer and works remotely in Canada. She came across CRARC in 2016, the time we were were looking for a new logo and submitted a few ideas. Ever since we are in love with her creative work for the Center!



Victoria Gehrke

Victoria is the rescue center's Wildlife Biologist and Animal Keeper. She works partly from Sweden and Costa Rica and supports us with the website content for the Center.