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  • That's a wrap!

    What a year it has been! Due to the pandemic that hit Costa Rica in March 2020, we were forced to close to the public for many months, and it definitely has taken a toll on the sanctuary and our funds. Towards the end of the year, we slowly started...
  • November News

    What a busy month for Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. We have welcomed more volunteers to our program, animals to our rehab center, and visitors on our tours. While we are still adhering to protocols to protect our health and the health of the animals,...
  • Trick or Treat?

    Our interns have been working hard on their projects whilst still giving the best care to the animals in our center. They have made wonderful enrichment and improvements to enclosures, all the while learning about wildlife care and rehabilitation. In order to...

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Thank you for your support!

This year alone, we have received and cared for almost 400 animals. With the onset of the pandemic, just like most other organizations, we have struggled. The complete shutdown of Costa Rica’s borders meant that we were not receiving volunteers to help us care for our animals, or guests to join our tours. As an NGO and a non-profit organization, we were worried about the future of our center and the animals. We are still facing this same problem, however, are hopeful that things will start returning back to normal. Since September 2020, we have slowly resumed our volunteer program and have been incredibly lucky with the amazing interns and volunteers that have come here. Recently, we have re-opened some of our tours, and are able to resume educating locals and tourists on wildlife and the work we do. We cannot thank enough the people that have supported us and donated to our cause over the past few months. Anything is possible if we work together and believe in a bright future!

Thank you and all the best for 2021!

Emergency Line +506 85897812

Sometimes due to an animals’ natural history, they will be found in places that may seem unnatural to you (for example, a bird on the ground). These stages are vital in their growth and development and so, while they may seem vulnerable, they are actually perfectly healthy and are often still being tended to by their parents. Before acting and picking up any wild animal, please call a rescue center, MINAE or the local police and ask what you should do. Rescue centers, such as ours, can inform you on what to do, and through the phone, with the help of pictures, we can decipher if the animal is really in any danger or if it will be fine to leave alone. Call us on our emergency line at +506 85897812 if you are unsure or need help.

Get The Cats Back To The Jungle


We have been making progress with the construction of the enclosure for the margay and ocelot. With many thanks to the generous donors, we are excited about the progress but still need more help with funding. We are trying to limit the amount of contact we have with the cats to avoid them becoming imprinted on us, and have therefore installed Infra-red camera traps in the pre-release enclosures. We are studying the footage received in order to observe their behavior, and ensure that they are eating correctly, behaving naturally and not showing any symptoms of stress. We have captured some great footage of them and this is a small clip from the Ocelot. The cubs are growing so fast now, and need to be moved in to their new enclosures as soon as possible.

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Volunteers Wanted!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a sanctuary going on a daily basis? Do you have a passion for animals but don’t know how to express that passion? We have a solution! Join Team Alturas and help us to rehabilitate and release wildlife! View Program Details

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work closely with animals that most people only dream of! You can help with food preparation, cleaning and feeding, providing environmental enrichment, clinical procedures, pre-release monitoring, behavior observation, record keeping, marketing, fundraising, maintenance and so much more! Operating Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary requires a very dedicated and loving team. Come and join the team!! And you can experience the amazing jungles, beaches, national parks and volcanoes of Costa Rica. Take advantage of this amazing place and come experience Pura Vida.

If you do not have the time to join us as a volunteer, but want to help in some way, you can donate items like blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, enrichment toys or financial assistance.

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About Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center with on-site veterinary clinic for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Our mission is to release as many animals as we possibly can but provide lifetime care to those that cannot return to the wild. Some of these animals are confiscated from the illegal pet-trade and over-domesticated, or have long-tern physical or neurological injuries which prevent their release.

The center is situated on a mountain in the heart of the jungle and is within walking distance of Villas Alturas Hotel which offers spectacular views of the South Pacific Ocean. Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary has enclosures for over 75 animals and was designed with the assistance of the Costa Rican government. The wildlife we rehabilitate is cared for by our professional team of qualified staff. We also operate a dynamic volunteer program along with educational programs for local and national schools and international universities. Additionally, we provide guided sanctuary tours where you and your family can learn about the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica and the work that we do to protect it.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization and every visitor, volunteer and donor directly helps provide food, housing and veterinary care to a diverse range of native animal species.