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Extra Pairs of Hands Gets the Work Done

juvenile grison

During rainy season we reduced our tours so we were providing just two per day however now the high season is creeping up on us we are back to our normal four per day! Come and see our wonderful animals; even if you have visited us before, come back and bring your friends because we have made so many incredible improvements recently, and have some new additions to our permanent residents that I am sure you would love to hear about. Finally, our tours are a major supporter of the work that we do here and we couldn’t continue our mission without the help of our visitors and long-term supporters. Looking forward to seeing you here!

November 2019 News
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The slow season is upon us!

painted turtle on log

October has been comparatively low to some of the crazy months we have had recently; we never know if this is because there are fewer people in the area to report wildlife casualties or if the rainy season means animals are venturing out less and less. Either way, this only means that we have more ‘free’ time to work on small projects to improve our sanctuary and further enhance the lives of some of our long-term residents and those currently in our care.

We have fixed the roofs for our squirrels and coati to ensure they are adequately protected from the rain, and we have been able to add more branches to our large parrot enclosure to give them more space to move and interact. Changing an animal’s environment is a simple form of enrichment that encourages them to utilize their whole enclosure and stimulates exploratory and inquisitive behaviors which we always love to see.

October 2019 News
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Upgrading our Sanctuary!


The season of change!

Many of you might not know that our sanctuary opened up four and a half years ago after a sanctuary further south in Costa Rica closed down. What is now Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary was constructed very quickly, in order to provide a house for those animals which were to be transferred from the closing sanctuary. Time was of the essence, and funds were limited, but now that we have been in operation for quite some time, we are working on trying to improve all our enclosures.

One of these projects was connecting two smaller enclosures into one, large enclosure for our aracaris and toucan (pictured below). Three of our sanctuary aracaris were hit by vehicles and have suffered traumatic injuries in their wings, preventing them from flying. The fourth aracari was confiscated from the pet trade, and cannot be released because it has been very habituated to humans. Raul, our toucan, had also arrived at the sanctuary after he was found on the ground, unable to fly. Raul was previously kept in another enclosure in our sanctuary. We moved him to the new, larger enclosure with the aracaris with the hope that he will benefit from more social interaction.

September 2019 News
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X-Ray Machine & Crocodile

American Crocodile

We finally did it! After months of fundraising and outreach, we were finally able to purchase our own x-ray machine! Thanks to all of our supporters who donated money for this cause. We will now be able to diagnose our patients more rapidly and reduce the stress and suffering involved in driving them to get x-rayed.

Below are a few photos of our new x-ray machine set up!

August 2019 News
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Roo Our Little Howler Monkey

Roo the Howler Monkey

Read on to get a glimpse into a month at a wildlife rescue and sanctuary and find out what it takes to keep one of the busiest rescue centres running!


A black-bellied whistling duck has been confiscated and brought to the sanctuary. It was kept as a pet and had its wings clipped, preventing it from flying.

A fiery-billed aracari was rescued after being hit by a car. It suffered a break in its shoulder. It is being kept under intensive care with its shoulder bandaged to restrain movement.

July 2019 News
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