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.

October 2018 News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! It has been a busy month here at Alturas!


Capuchins – Electrocutions

We received a call about a Capuchin that had been electrocuted and had fractured his jaw after falling from the power line. A good Samaritan brought the young male in and it was kept under intensive care for the first two days, after treating his multiple burns. When he gained some of his strength back, our volunteer vet, Kathy Wander, performed the surgery and placed three screws in his jaw to secure the fracture and aid the healing process. He is healing well and we hope to soon move him to a larger enclosure for further rehabilitation where we can prepare him for his release back in to the wild.

Read more: October 2018 News

August 2018 News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! The staff and volunteers at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary have been busy working on renovating areas of the sanctuary and carrying out urgent maintenance and improvements to our rescue center. We are moving the three white-faced monkeys to a new, larger and better enclosure in the sanctuary and have been focusing on the move.

Read more: August 2018 News

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.

Read more: Mischa & Uma the Tamanduas