Have you visited the Toucan Rescue Ranch while you were on vacation? Or, have you read our RESIDENTS page and fell in love with an animal? Perhaps you’re looking for the perfect gift for a family member or friend during the holidays or a birthday? Consider adopting at the Toucan Rescue Ranch! By adopting an animal, you will be helping them with their overall care. Learn more about our Adoption Program by reading below.

Types of Adoptions

× This is a SYMBOLIC Adoption Program. This program was established to create incentive for individuals to be able to donate to their favorite species or character at the Ranch. We do not sell or physically adopt out any of the rescued wildlife at the Toucan Rescue Ranch.

Adopt your Favorite Species 

$100 Classic Adoption:

You will be contributing to your adopted species ongoing food and care. You will receive an ADOPTION CERTIFICATE and thank you email with your tax-deductible information. The Classic Adoption pays for your adopted species costs for roughly 3-months. You can choose from the selection of species we care for here at the Toucan Rescue Ranch! Learn more about the species available for Classic Adoption by clicking the link below or visiting our SHOP page.

What’s included in your downloadable adoption package:

  • Certificate of Adoption - Just for you to print and sign!
  • Bookmarks featuring your chosen species
  • Information Sheet on your chosen species
  • Desktop Backgrounds
  • Toucan Rescue Ranch Screensaver

Please click the button below to complete your Classic Adoption donation or visit the SHOP page!

Adopt your Favorite Character

$500 Celebrity Adoption:

You will be providing food and care for your favorite character at the Ranch for roughly 1-year! You will receive a personalized ADOPTION CERTIFICATE and email with your tax-deductible information along with a thank you letter. As well as periodic updates about your adopted animal and a TRR personal contact so you can ask all about your animal and how they're doing. You can choose between a selection of your favorite characters (i.e. Emma the otter or Jazz the spider monkey) that are permanently cared for at the Ranch.

What’s included in your adoption package:

  • Personalized Certificate of Adoption - emailed to you
  • A 15-minute Skype where you get to meet your adopted animal and learn their story
  • Special mentions throughout TRR channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Newsletter) 
  • Your certificate will be put on TRR's Adoption Page as a celebrity adoption
  • Bookmarks featuring your chosen species
  • Information Sheet on your chosen species
  • Desktop Backgrounds
  • Toucan Rescue Ranch Screensaver

You can also do payments of $42 per month (12 recurring payments). To start the Celebrity Adoption process please complete the contact form below. 

Celebrity Adoption Contact Form

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Celebrity Adoptions



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I Want to Help!

Toucan Rescue Ranch is a charitable organization and solely depends on donations. We do not receive any government funding from Costa Rica. If you want to help the Ranch with its mission and vision please consider giving. We have various campaigns open on crowdfunding websites for specific projects. You also have the option of donating towards a specific animal by adopting. Not only can you donate towards a crowdfunding campaign, but you can also donate to operating costs. It is very expensive running a rescue facility and by donating towards operating costs you will help house and feed the wildlife at the Toucan Rescue Ranch!

  • United States Charitable Non-Profit Organization, EIN: 80-0516453
  • Costa Rica Charitable Organization: 300667701803

Get Involved with the Toucan Rescue Ranch by Donating!

To fulfill our mission, we work with a model that achieves the rescue of rainforest animals and conservation through education and research. As a charitable organization, we are supported through donations like yours. In giving, you can be sure that your financial support will directly promote the health and wellbeing of our rainforest rescued animals, to improve and secure the quality of their lives, and the life of our planet. Your support helps us purchase the correct diets for our animals, pay for medical care, safe and appropriate housing and enclosures. As well as a small full-time staff who provide our rescued animals with high quality care.


We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children, animals and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

If you are coming our way make sure to Pack with a Purpose! We are a registered accommodation with the Pack for a Purpose organization. To learn more about this organization visit the website:

If you want to donate items be sure to check out our Amazon Wishlist


A Global Day of Giving

Celebrate with the Toucan Rescue Ranch every Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving

  • Donate on our website to help with operating costs
  • Donate your time by volunteering
  • Donate towards specific campaigns via crowdfunding on Razoo
  • Use every time you shop and support Toucan Rescue Ranch
  • Go to iGive and shop to support us when you buy items online
  • Buy from our online store with Zazzle

  • Donate medical supplies for our clinic
  • Donate special merchandise for our gift shop
  • Donate dietary supplements such as toucan pellets from the United States
  • You can purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist 

  • Come visit us and stay in our bed and breakfast
  • When you’re in Costa Rica take a tour and meet our animals and learn the Toucan Rescue Ranch story
  • Initiate your own fundraising campaign, contact for ideas.
  • Adopt an animal and help pay for their living costs
  • Create an education presentation with our Education Program with your classmates or students

Contact us and we’ll help you plan your own fundraising campaign benefiting the Ranch. Leslie Howle, Co-Founder, is available via SKYPE to bring a variety of rainforest education presentations directly to your classroom, community group or family. This exciting virtual presentation allows your group to experience the Toucan Rescue Ranch and its’ incredible birds and animals in real time. Email Carol at to schedule an education presentation.

Volunteer at the Toucan Rescue Ranch

Get involved by volunteering at The Toucan Rescue Ranch! Contributing as a volunteer, you are provided a unique experience, gaining an in depth understanding about our mission. As a volunteer, you can assist in the daily activities of running the Toucan Rescue Ranch, or you may offer your particular skills to focus on specific projects.

All volunteers start the day chopping fruit and vegetables for the day’s feedings. Depending on the number of people and their chopping skills, this can take a few hours. When the day’s food is ready, volunteers move on to other activities. Other activities vary depending on the current needs of the Ranch.

  • Prepare diets for all animals on the property
  • Deliver diets to the wildlife
  • Clean enclosures
  • Enclosure enrichment
  • Clean guesthouse 
  • Help with yard maintenance
  • Office work for administrators 
  • Fill out a project form and start your own project once approved 

Depending on the volunteer’s background and personality, they may be asked if they would like to help with other tasks. All volunteers are observed on how well they handle themselves around wildlife to determine further responsibility.

  • Deep clean enclosures with the guidance of an intern
  • Help provide enrichment for the rescued residence
  • Contribute to our Education Program
  • Help administration with data entry
  • Assist Volunteer Coordinators with volunteer activities and events
  • Become a tour guide

Activities dealing with wildlife require that volunteers wear protective gear. If you can offer a special skill please include in the Volunteer Application.

When working with animals it’s important to understand all risks. The Toucan Rescue Ranch ensures both the volunteer’s safety as well as its rescued wildlife. Please provide allergy or other medicines needed in your application. For your safety you are required to provide proof of international medical insurance and/or medical travelers insurance as well as a current tetanus shot (within the last 10-years).


  • 18-years of age or older
  • Minimum of 1-month time commitment
  • Basic Spanish
  • Tetanus shot
  • A passion for wildlife 
  • A can-do attitude

(Preference is given to volunteers with animal related education/training or experience.)


  • 18-years of age
  • Tetanus shot
  • Commitment of at least 20-days
  • A passion for wildlife 
  • A can-do attitude

(Preference is given to volunteers with animal related education/training or experience.)

  • Standard schedule is 5-days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Two days off per week - not necessarily weekends or holidays
  • Volunteer donation: $50-per week (donation waived for local volunteers and for individuals staying 3-months or more)

Housing is not provided for 1-month volunteers, however, we do provide the housing listed below (prices may vary):

  • Option 1: Homestays with local families. Includes a bedroom, bathroom, three meals per day, access to laundry facilities, Wi-Fi. Shared common areas with the host family. Fee is $25-per day. All locations are walking distance to the Ranch or to a local bus stop.
  • Option 2: Rent a volunteer apartment from a North American couple and prepare your own meals. The apartment has one bedroom, one bathroom, small living room area and kitchenette. Cost is $21-per day. Access to laundry facilities and Wi-Fi. Walking distance to the Ranch or to a local bus stop.

If you’d like to be a volunteer, please complete the following Volunteer Application on the righthand side of the page. We will contact you to schedule a Skype interview with Carol, our Volunteer Coordinator. If you have any questions regarding the application process you can email

If you are looking for an accredited internship opporunity please visit our Internship page

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Become an Intern

Available Internships

By clicking the descriptions below you'll be able to better understand which internship is best for you!

Learn with the Toucan Rescue Ranch!

Get involved by becoming an intern at The Toucan Rescue Ranch! By contributing as an intern, you are provided a unique experience, gaining an in-depth understanding of our mission and the animals we serve. Depending on which internship you apply for you will be working in the clinic, assisting our veterinarian, providing husbandry for rescued sloths, involved with the release and tracking of released wildlife and so forth.

Caring for our residents is of paramount importance. Our staff, volunteers and interns begin each day by ensuring our animals are fed and cared for. Depending on the internship you’re applying for, you will be responsible for various tasks and activities.For our internships you will receive a greater experience with potential direct animal contact and care, our staff will work with interns to determine appropriate curriculum and activities to meet specific educational needs and interests while leveraging their existing animal care experience.Click to review our available internship positions:

Our interns must be 18 years of age or older, provide proof of health insurance and current tetanus vaccination as well as have basic Spanish speaking skills.

Depending on the type of internship you choose you will be required to work for a 6-month minimum commitment, a longer time commitment is preferred. You must have education, training or experience working with animals. As a part of the application process we will ask for 3-professional references.

Internships are voluntary self-funded positions. You will be responsible for all travel expenses/flights and immigration expenses as well as any border runs regarding your Visa you may have to do during your stay. To better understand what your internship includes please review each internship description.

¡Agradecemos y motivamos a los pasantes locales! Requerimos que tenga 18 años o más, que tenga seguro de salud y sea estudiante de algo relacionado con animales. Se le pedirá que tenga los mismos requisitos que un voluntario internacional. Si es una solicitud formal, por favor completa los puntos a continuación.
Proceso de Aplicación:
  • Carta de interés de una página
  • Currículum Vitae
  • Video de 3-5 minutos que explica por qué siente que es el candidato adecuado para el puesto (archivo MOV)
  • Información de contacto con tres referencias profesionales
Por favor envíe esta información a Janet a

The Toucan Rescue Ranch provides housing for international interns:

  • The Intern House: Here you will be staying with fellow interns at the Toucan Rescue Ranch. Housing includes a bedroom (private and/or shared), 2-bathrooms, common area and kitchen. The house is in a safe gated community where there is laundry access and WiFi. The house is located off grounds and is a 5-minute walk to/from the Ranch.
  • The Sloth House: Depending on your internship position you may be staying in the Sloth House located on TRR grounds. This is a small cabin with a shared bedroom, small common area, kitchenette and 1-bathroom.  There is laundry access and Wi-Fi.
  • Release Site House: If you are applying for a Release Site internship you will be located at our Release Site in a remote area in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Housing includes a bedroom (private and/or shared), 2-bathrooms, common area and kitchen with some laundry access. Wi-Fi included. The house is located on TRR Release Site grounds.

Meals are provided for all 6-month (and longer) interns. 

Regardless of your role, we are committed to providing a rich internship opportunity that utilizes your unique skills to help Toucan Rescue Ranch achieve its mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife. Your health and safety are of utmost concern to us during your internship assignment. While working with animals, it’s important to understand and minimize the risks you take to ensure your own safety and that of the wildlife. We’ll work to provide our interns with appropriate training and protective gear throughout their stay.

If you would like to be a part of the TRR team, please complete our Internship Application Process by sending the following documents to

  • Title email INTERN APPLICANT
  • One-page cover letter of interest
  • CV or resume
  • 3-5-minute video explaining why you feel you’re the right candidate for the position (MOV file)
  • Contact information of three professional references

We will promptly contact you to schedule a Skype interview after reviewing your application. If you have any questions we are always available via email to answer any questions.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

By sponsoring the Toucan Rescue Ranch with a donation, you enable us to continue to provide quality care for rescued wildlife and provide education for professionals, tourists and the community. Your sponsorship will also help us fulfill our mission. In return, you will prominently be promoted throughout TRR’s social media, website, facility and newsletter.

Ways you can Sponsor

  1. Provide an annual cash donation to help with ongoing costs of running the rescue center
  2. Provide in-kind product, such as food, supplies, services, equipment or personnel.



What Benefits you Receive

  • Visible association with a representable rescue center in Costa Rica
  • Commitment to economic and environmental prosperity to Costa Rica’s wildlife
  • Fostering a culture of philanthropy in conservation
  • Enhancement of the reputation and philanthropic profile of your corporation
  • Access to potential partners for your corporation
  • An initiative to establish Cause Marketing within your company

Toucan Badge Sponsors

The Emerald Forest Bird Gardens is a signature supporter of the Toucan Rescue Ranch. Owner and Founder, Jerry Jennings, has worked closely with Leslie Howle in building a successful toucan breeding program for release. As well as, sponsors many of our enclosures and expansions at our Release Site. 

Ways Emerald Forest Bird Gardens is helping:

  • Provides funds for new enclosures on the property
  • Provides knowledge regarding toucan diet, behavior and breeding 
  • Provides grant opportunities as well as various other funding  

To Learn more about EFBG you can visit their website:

The Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation that seeks to provide medical treatment for sick animals in Colorado, the United States, and global funding to organizations and activities that benefit animals, and to inspire, teach, and motivate other individuals and organizations to achieve similar objectives. 

Ways Wags & Menace is helping:

  • Provides funds for our clinic to help pay for medical procedures 
  • Provides needed supplies for our clinic such as medicines, bedding, and so forth
  • Seeks to provide resources to ensure that recovering wildlife in our clinic see a successful recovery

To Learn more about Wags & Menace you can visit their website:

Toucan Rescue Ranch and has partnered together! TouCanvas donates a percentage of sales with each purchase on their website. TouCanvas also features a special collection of TRR animal photos for purchase - a larger percentage of sales is given to TRR. 

Ways TouCanvas is helping:

  • Make a purchase from, and a portion of every sale is donated to the Toucan Rescue Ranch.
  • Purchase a canvas from the Toucan Rescue Ranch collection, these are actual animals that are helped by the Ranch, and we will give a larger portion of the sale to the Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To purchase high quality canvases from TouCanvas you can visit their website:

Learn about the Annual Benefits you will Receive as a Sponsor!

Owl Badge Benefits

Website Sponsor Page (company information)

Video/Sponsor newsletter thank you at the end of the calendar year

Mention in monthly newsletter

Sloth Badge Benefits

Website Sponsor Page (company information)

Video/Sponsor newsletter thank you at the end of the calendar year

Mention in monthly newsletter

Website sponsor page - logo, link

Employee recognition tour (36 people max)

Logo in monthly newsletter (ongoing)

Logo on calendar

Grandfathered In Sponsors