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.

X-Ray Machine Needed!

X-Ray costs

Our rehab center´s clinic is almost fully equipped. We currently do not have an X-Ray machine, so every time we need to get an X-ray taken from an animal, we must drive to a veterinary clinic in Uvita. Apart from the stressful drive for the animal, these visits cost our NGO a lot of money. In order to take the X-ray above of the female, white face monkey, we were charged $60 USD. On average we travel once a week to the vet to have X-rays taken of any new patient or any of our recovering animals. In the long run this costs us a lot of money. Please help support our sanctuary by donating to help contribute to the X-ray costs.

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March 2019 News

This month has been exceptionally busy with rescues, new patients and releases. In particularly exciting news, we released some animals which we have been rehabilitating for a very long time.  Above is a picture was taken from the release of a white-faced monkey which we have been rehabilitating for over five months.


We rescued another northern tamandua from the south after he was found on the ground, struggling to move. Mani, as we named him, weighed 5.6 kilograms upon arrival and was covered in scars, possibly from a fight with another male. He was underweight and extremely weak when MINAE (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía) brought him in. Once his wounds were cleaned up, he was put on a diet to help increase his weight and moved into one of our large rehabilitation enclosures. Once his body weight is back to normal, and his wounds have healed, he will be released where he was found.

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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!

Read more: December 2018 News

The sanctuary will be closed from 5/20 through 5/24.

Tours will resume on 5/25