Jaguars -- Puerto Viejo de Limón, Costa Rica
The Jaguar Rescue Center claims to have a “hands-on policy”, believing that
“direct contact is fundamental for the animals to build a strong defense mechanism” -- so you have lots of wildcat cuddles to look forward to. Although it's unclear how building "a strong defense mechanism" involves good touch, and not bad touch.
Regardless, the rescue and rehabilitation center, whose end goal is the release of the animals back into the wild, takes on volunteers for between two weeks and two months to clean facilities, feed the jaguars, and help with research. And when successful, the jaguars thrive elsewhere upon release -- just like Tom Coughlin.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's associate travel editor, and proud mother of two cats. Which has nothing to do with voluntourism, but she's proud. Follow her @Sohostyle.