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.

February 2019 News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! For the past couple of weeks, our clinic has been extremely busy with emergencies. Thankfully, we had the added help from our veterinary interns who got the chance to assist with some interesting surgeries and see rare animals.


We have received a new member to our sanctuary; a female collared peccary. Camote, as we named her, was transferred from another sanctuary after she was deemed to be un-releasable. As we already have Pechan, a 10-month-old peccary, we thought it would be ideal for him to have a companion. Peccaries are social animals and relish in the companionship of one another. Camote and Pechan were slowly introduced to each other over two weeks (pictured above). On the final day of the introduction, the fence between them was removed and the two of them were able to physically interact with one another. Pechan and Camote seem to be getting along well, as we are often finding the two wallowing in their mud pit or resting with each other!

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January 2019 News

Happy New Year to all our readers; we wish you all a prosperous year! We are optimistic that this year will bring another 365 days of successfully rescuing and rehabilitating animals and returning them to the wild!

We finally moved our female Ocelot (pictured above) into her new, AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) and GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries)- approved enclosure. Thanks to all the support and donations we received over the past half a year, we managed to reach our half-way goal! The ocelot is now one step closer to being released and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you to everyone that has donated for this cause! We are still trying to collect more funds in order to construct the second enclosure, for our margay. If you wish to donate, please visit our gofund me page.

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December 2018 News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter; the baby edition! These past couple of weeks we have received an astonishingly large number of orphaned animals, keeping our staff and volunteers busy with round the clock feedings! In addition to this, we have released a large number of animals back into wild and also have just celebrated the sanctuary’s four year anniversary! Since opening our doors to wildlife in December 2014, we have received over 1,000 animals that we have cared for. None of our work would be possible without the help from all the volunteers that have been a part of the process since day one, the hard work and dedication from all staff members along the years, the guests that have visited on our tours and all of the donations we have received, thank you!

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November 2018 News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! As we are slowly approaching Costa Rica’s summer, and leaving the rainy season (or the ‘green season’ for you optimists), we are lucky to be getting a larger number of volunteers helping out at the sanctuary. Thanks to the increased help, we are managing to step up on the sanctuary’s enrichment program, including some exciting new projects which we will update you with next month.


A couple of weeks ago, a mealy Amazon parrot flew into one of our staff’s garden. Despite trying everything possible to put it back in the wild, this parrot did not want to leave; allowing us to assume that it was kept as a pet, and either escaped or was set free intentionally. Godzilla, as we named the parrot, is slowly being introduced to Julian, another Amazon parrot in the hopes that they will provide each other with companionship.

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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