Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.

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September 2018 News

juvenile raccoons

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! So far it has been a slow month in terms of incoming patients, which is a good thing when it comes to an animal rescue clinic!

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August 2018 News

male squirrel monkey

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.

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July Arrivals

baby kinkajou

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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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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