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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

alturas wildlife sanctuary tour

An exclusive habitat, sanctuary, and rehabilitation center for Costa Rica´s precious wildlife.
Above Villas Alturas, 7 km South of Dominical
San Martin Norte
Tel. +(506) 2200 5440
Mail to: wildlifesanctuary
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The tour departs from the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, just above the Villas Alturas Hotel. It is a one and a half hours tour.

Minimum donation is $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. The minimum donation for nationals is $20 per adult and $10 for kids under 12.Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour - Costa Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, #alturas #wildlife #sanctuary #costaballenalovers #ballenatales (3)

You will meet Gomar, the anteater whose mother was killed by a dog and get to see Blossom; a small porcupine that was found half dead and is now, after months of rehabilitation again as lively as its neighbors, the squirrels. Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour - Costa Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, #alturas #wildlife #sanctuary #costaballenalovers #ballenatales (10)

You will see spider monkeys, white-faced monkeys, coatis, and hundreds of birds that were injured or freed from captivity and confiscated by The Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, government ministry of Costa Rica (MINAET), and now a team of professionals is taking care of them.Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour - Costa Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, #alturas #wildlife #sanctuary #costaballenalovers #ballenatales (8)

Wildlife sanctuary’s mission is to help preserve wildlife in southern Costa Rica through its rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction to the wild; it also provides a home to animals unable to return to its natural habitat due to permanent disability or excessive domestication. The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary receives wild animals through its partnership with government entities such as MINAET and SINAC (Costa Rica´s official government wildlife care offices).

Another goal of the sanctuary is to educate and foster the appreciation for the wildlife. Through the interaction with the educational system, the sanctuary expects to promote the development of the next generation of biologists, veterinarians, naturalists, and ecologists.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour and Lunch Combo Special! $35 for Adults and $22 for kids

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

We Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release the abandoned, injured, or over domesticated precious animals of Costa Rica! If you love animals, come check us out. You will have an opportunity to learn about and help animals you would likely not have the opportunity to encounter in the wild. As a non profit organization, we think its important for you to know that 100% of your donation is going to feed, care for, give veterinary care, improve habitats and so much more. One of biggest passions other than rescuing, is educating our youth. We have a learning center where school children can come and learn why they should care, how they can protect and to spread the word. There are so many ways you can help and here are a few: monetary donation of any amount, supplies, food, your time, your skills, your love! Please contact us for more details and reservations!

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary2 days ago

You might remember this ocelot, she was hit by a car and needed surgery to be stitched up and remove a broken tooth, nearly two weeks ago. Well, a few days ago she was released in an non disclosed location close to where she was found.
Camera traps have been placed in the area in the hope that they will capture her progress in the wild.
As you can see from the video she couldn't wait to be back into the wild!

Quizás os acordéis de este ocelote ella fue golpeado por un carro y necesitó cirugía para quitarle un colmillo fracturado y ser suturado, hará casi 2 semanas. Hace unos días la pudimos liberar en una ubicación no divulgada próxima a donde fue encontrada.
Se colocaron cámaras trampa con la esperanza de poder captar su progreso en estado salvaje.
Como podéis ver por el vídeo ¡no podía esperar para ser libre!

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary added 4 new photos.3 days ago

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary has 2 vacancies!! We are hiring a TOUR GUIDE to lead visitors around the wildlife sanctuary and provide information on our aims and objectives, the animals’ individual stories and our wildlife rehabilitation work. We are also hiring a COOK to make food for our fantastic team of volunteers. For more information please email and attach your resume.

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary added 2 new photos.7 days ago

Nursery Campaign! Help us build a nursery for our baby animals like little Abu the capuchin monkey and Pandora, the baby raccoon. Our babies need their own climate controlled facility, separate from the other injured wildlife in our clinic. We are raising funds to renovate our Bodega into a nursery and purchase a shipping container to replace our bodega. The cost is $3,500. Please consider making a donation at and enter NURSERY in the comments section. From all of us at #TeamAlturas, thank you for your continued support!!!

¡Campaña para guardería! Ayúdenos a construir una guardería para nuestros animales bebes, como Abu el bebe mono carablanca y Pandora la mapache bebe. Nuestros bebes necesitan un lugar de ambiente controlado, separado de los animales que llegan heridos a nuestra clínica de animales salvajes. Estamos recolectando fondos para renovar nuestra bodega y convertirla en una guardería y comprar un contenedor para reemplazar la bodega. El costo es $3500. Por favor considera hacer una donación a y comenta GUARDERIA en la sección de comentarios. De parte de todos los del #EquipoAlturas, ¡gracias por su continuo apoyo!

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary1 week ago

Thank you Tisha Valverde Westwood & Kenneth Valverde Martinez from Learning Adventure Tours and Providence St. Joseph Health once again for your generous medical supply donation!
We are now fully stocked on sterile gauzes, swabs & solar lanterns! Thanks a million, all will be put to good use! It's altruistic souls like yours that allow us to do what we do.

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary added 6 new photos.2 weeks ago

We couldn't do the important work we do without the help of volunteers. These two extraordinary women, Lydia Katsis​ and Alyssa Loewen​, worked as our Volunteer Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator for the last 5 months. They helped to oversee everything from animal care, digital marketing, enrichment, graphic design, and much, much more. We are so grateful to each of them, for their dedication, passion and hard work. They will be dearly missed.
Thank you Alyssa and Lydia for all that you did for the sanctuary and the animals. We know you will continue to do amazing work and we hope to see you back here again soon.

No sería posible hacer el trabajo que hacemos sin la ayuda de voluntarios. Estas dos mujeres extraordinarias, Lydia Katsis y Alyssa Loewen, trabajaron como coordinadora y supervisora de voluntarios durante los últimos 5 meses. Nos ayudaron a llevar a cabo todo desde cuidado animal, marketing digital, enriquecimiento, diseño gráfico y mucho más. Les estamos muy agradecidos por su dedicación, pasión y duro trabajo. Se les echará mucho de menos.
Gracias Alyssa y Lydia por todo lo que habéis hecho por el santuario y los animales. Sabemos que seguiréis haciendo un estupendo trabajo allá donde vayáis y esperamos volver a veros pronto.

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary added 5 new photos.2 weeks ago

Yesterday we received a very exciting case. An adult female Ocelot, suffering from injuries due to an auto accident was brought to our center by a group of tourists. She is a very lucky girl. Our #VetTeam did a physical exam and x-rays and found that the only injury she suffered was a fractured canine. She had a surgery, is recovering quickly and should be back in to the wild soon. We are very happy for her because most of the animals that get hit by cars don't survive. Stay tuned!

Ayer recibimos un caso muy emocionante. Una hembra de Ocelote adulta, la cual fue golpeada por un carro en la costanera y fue traída a nuestro centro por un grupo de turistas. Ella es una chica suertuda, nuestro #EquipoVeterinario realizó un examen general y radiografías las cuales revelaron que únicamente sufrió una fractura en el canino superior. Una cirugía fue realizada para extraer el canino y ahora se encuentra en recuperación y estará lista para ser liberada pronto. Estamos muy felices ya que la mayoría de los animales atropellados en carretera no sobreviven. Mantente sintonizado!

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary added 3 new photos.2 weeks ago

Since high season began we are receiving a growing number of daily emergencies, most of them being animals hit by cars. More people means more traffic and therefore more chances of wildlife getting hit by cars. Please be responsible and drive with care, follow the speed limits and don't drive under the influence of drugs, alcohol or while tired.
This is Peggy, a female anteater that got hit by a car. She suffered two broken elbows but luckily we expect a full recovery!
The #VetTeam put a pin in her right elbow to place her lateral humeral condyle in its place whilst bandaging with a splint the left elbow where part of the medial condyle broke off. Even though the injuries were severe, she was using both her arms before surgery and eating with a good apetite after, so her prognosis is good.

Desde que comenzó la temporada alta recibimos cada día más emergencias, en su mayoría atropellos. Más gente significa más tráfico y por lo tanto más posibilidades de que se atropelle a fauna salvaje. Por favor sean responsables y respeten los límites de velocidad, no manejen bajo los efectos de drogas o alcohol ni cuando estén cansados.
Esta es Peggy, una osa hormiguera que fue atropellada. Le rompieron ambos codos pero por suerte ¡esperamos que se recupere completamente!
Nuestro #EquipoVeterinario le colocó un pin para estabilizar la fractura del cóndilo humeral lateral de su codo derecho mientras la fractura parcial del cóndilo medial de su codo izquierdo se inmobilizó mediante un vendaje con férula. A pesar de la severidad de las lesiones, estaba usando ambos brazos bien antes de la cirugía y comiendo con apetito después por lo que tiene un buen pronóstico.

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