Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Costa Rica


Animal News

The animals visiting the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary do not belong to us – they belong to the Costa Rican rainforest. However, while they are here, you can discover a lot about these amazing creatures. Learn about which new animals are arriving, how they got here, how their recovery process is going, and eventually feel the joy of knowing about their release back home to their natural environment. If you have visited the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and want to know about a special animal that has touched your heart, check this website for updates.

Mischa & Uma the Tamanduas

Mischa the Tamandua
Mischa, the Tamandua

Mischa, the Tamandua that was brought to us after her mother was fatally attacked by a dog has been moved to one of our pre-release enclosures. We received Mischa when she was just a couple of weeks old, and although initially we were unsure if she was releasable due to a head injury, she has now overcome this issue and is behaving like a wild anteater should. We move our animals to pre-release enclosures after our vet staff and biologist have reviewed their behavior and feel that they are one step closer to being released. Once in pre-release, the animals hardly have any contact with humans.

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Update on the Ocelot and Margay Cubs

Ocelot enclosure
Ocelot Enclosure

Progress on the Ocelot enclosure is underway and it is only a matter of days until the new enclosure is complete. We have installed infra-red cameras in both the Margay’s and Ocelot’s pre-release enclosures in order to observe their behavior during the day as well as at night. In order to prevent the cats from having any human interaction, we are limiting our interaction with them as much as possible. It is, however, important for us to observe their behaviors and assess whether or not they can be released. Observing them via the video footage allows us to do this without having visual contact with them.  
We are still trying to raise more funds to help out in the construction of the Ocelot's enclosure. If you, or anyone you know would like to help out, please visit our Gofund me page and donate any amount.

July Arrivals

A Fiery-billed Aracari got hit by a car and was brought to the sanctuary last week by MINAE. It sustained a head trauma, and is being treated with anti-inflammatories. It is recovering well enough for us to be certain that it will be released shortly.

In June we received a juvenile, male kinkajou that was found abandoned in Uvita. His eyes were still shut and estimated to be around 10 days old upon arrival, only weighing 200 grams. When we find abandoned young, like this Kinkajou or Tamandua, it is possible that their mother’s may have abandoned them due to the young being sick or weak. Animals will not spend the energy to raise young if they are unsure that they will survive. Other reasons could be that their mothers were killed as a result of a road traffic accident or animal attack. Joey, as we named the kinkajou, is growing incredibly fast and has a healthy appetite for his bottle of goat’s milk.

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Biological Crossing in Dominicalito

This month, together with ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad), we help set up a biological crossing in Dominicalito. Over the past month we have been collecting signatures from people in the area who agreed that a monkey crossing would be suitable, due to the high occurrence of sightings of troops crossing the road. We have also taken photos to show as evidence to ICE, that wildlife does cross in the area, and that it would be extremely beneficial to have some form of bridge which enables the animals to avoid crossing on the road. After presenting our evidence to the workers, ICE agreed to fund the bridge, and constructed it with the help of their workers. Our volunteers and staff were present in order to hand out flyers to oncoming traffic, informing them of the new crossing, and to boost morale.