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Brave Wilderness

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Sloth vs Sloth!

Did you know there is more than one kind of Sloth? If not you’re in luck because on this episode of Breaking Trail Coyote will compare both the Two-Toed and Three-Toed Sloth side by side all while feeding them their daily meals. Oh and did we mention, these are BABY Sloths?! Talk about a video packed with cuteness overload! Get ready, this is Sloth vs Sloth!

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Tiny Porcupine LOVES Treats!

On this episode of Breaking Trail Coyote hangs out with his new friend “Bud” an adorable Dwarf Porcupine, and oh boy does he love his treats! Being a Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine, Bud is unique from most other Porcupines in that he has a prehensile tail which enables him to hang from tree limbs to make himself better suited for an arboreal lifestyle in the rainforests of Costa Rica. In fact, this special quality has given Bud’s species the appropriate nickname of the “Tree Porcupine”. However because he was hit by a car as a baby Bud no longer lives in the wild and now permanently resides at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Lucky for him he was rescued and rehabilitated by some of the best wildlife professionals in Latin America who give him all the love and attention a porcupine could possibly need...and of course there is a HUGE bonus perk to all of this...he now gets to feast on his favorite treats every single day! Not a bad way to live! Get ready to get up close with one super amazing and super tiny Tree Porcupine!

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Rescued Baby Toucan!

On this episode of Breaking Trail Coyote has the amazing opportunity to feed a Baby Toucan! The rainforest dwelling Keel-Billed Toucan is world famous for its beautiful colorations and amazingly disproportionate bill size. Some of these Toucan’s bills can actually amount for up to 1/3 of their entire body length! Wow! Now this particular Toucan chick is extremely lucky because it was rescued by the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica after falling from its nest as a hatchling. Most birds in this situation would not have survived long but because of the all the hard work of the staff at the sanctuary this little beauty will grow up to make a full return to the wild! How cool it that?! Oh and did we mention this chick has some serious personality to boot? Get ready to witness a Baby Toucan go bananas for its fruit breakfast!

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Bizarre Rainforest Creature!

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote gets up close with the smallest Anteater EVER! The Lesser Anteater, more commonly known in Costa Rica as a Tamandua, can grow to nearly 3 feet in length and weigh close to 30 lbs. However today, at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical Costa Rica, the team are filming with Barrou, an orphaned Tamandua, that is by far the smallest Anteater they have ever seen! Get ready to meet one wildly cute rainforest creature!

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ocelot Release

Alturas wildlife sanctuary has been rehabilitating an ocelot since May 2018. It came in after the mother was hit and killed by a car. The young cub would not have been able to survive long alone so she was brought to us for rehabilitation. We wanted to have the facilities to rehabilitate these wonderful animals as we had to transfer them to other places in the past, but over time, found out they weren't necessarily in a rehabilitation program. After raising funds and having help from our wonderful supporters, visitors, volunteers, and staff, we had an enclosure built for large cat species to rehabilitate. Here is a video showing the process and eventual release of this magnificent creature.

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Volunteering at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

An in depth look at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary’s dynamic volunteer program. Our volunteers play a vital role in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife.

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Volunteer Activities & Accommodations

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Youth Education Program

This footage is from our very first Youth Education Program experience! We were honored to host the children of Escuela Dominicalito for a day of learning, engagement and fun! Our course covered the native Costa Rican wildlife in the sanctuary and the importance of keeping these animals wild and protected.