Meet Our Team

John Merritt

John Merritt is an innovative lifelong entrepreneur with a special dedication to wildlife, the environment and developing natural based products for retail markets. With over 20 years experience building a wide range of companies each from scratch, John has leveraged his successes into his ultimate goal and passion – saving wildlife in Costa Rica and ending the illegal wildlife trade in that country.

In 2012, John moved to Costa Rica and purchased 500 acres in the southern zone that would become the Lazy J Wildlife Refuge. John spent 6 years on the mountain developing the property and building the iRescue® Wildlife Care Center. Approved and sanctioned by the government of Costa Rica, iRescue® Wildlife was developed by John to care for the sick, imperiled, injured and domesticated wildlife that can never be released. John’s greatest sympathy and passion is directed towards helping these specific types of animals.

His ultimate goal is to further develop iRescue® Wildlife into the premier wildlife care center for the most hard case animals and those that need the lifelong retirement services that iRescue® is designed to provide.

With a well-polished staff at iRescue®, John is now focusing on for-profit projects outside the country each designed create revenue for iRescue® Wildlife. His current company creates botanical extracts from medicinal hemp to be used as natural supplements.


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