History & Sustainability
The Jaguar's Jungle property was pioneered by Susan and Lon Ramsey in the early 1970's back when owning an insanely remote property on the Osa was anything but luxurious. Isolated on the tip of the peninsula, they farmed and spearfished to survive, traded fish for rice with locals via canoe, and built their first hut out of fallen trees. They protected their chunk of the forest before the Corcovado National Park was established in 1975, making it one of the last primary rainforests in Central America, and the only primary coastal rainforest in the world. The sanctuary is now preserved by their son, Leonidas, who made the property into the Jaguar's Jungle we know today.
Living in such a secluded location makes sustainable practices a must. We do not have a trash pick up service so we must compost and use that compost in our gardens to grow much of our own food since there are no grocery stores near by. We must also limit the garbage we create since all garbage bust be boated out to be properly disposed of. In fact, most of our garbage comes from beach cleanups since the ocean currents bring us garbage from all over the world. Our solar power system is a necessity to have electricity since we are completely off the grid, and most of our building materials come from fallen trees and rocks that we find on the property. Much of the protein meat that we feed our clients and staff are fish that we spearfish ourselves. This practice is the most sustainable way to provide meat as we can choose exactly what we shoot, and there are no nets or transport refrigeration involved. We have continued practicing and modifying the techniques that Lon and Susan first developed since the 70s.