The Toucan Rescue Ranch has grown in our ability to take in sick and injured animals and provide inhouse care and rehabilitation. In 2013, the Ranch built a small onsite clinic where surgeries, quarantine and overall monitoring take place.
Every animal starts with an overall observation and/or quarantine period depending on its circumstance. Once a week our veterinarian comes to the Ranch and completes a full physical and a parasite check. These results determine the care and treatment of that particular bird or animal. Now, we are able to do nearly all of the primary procedures onsite. Such procedures include amputation, anesthesia, physicals, antibiotics, laceration stitching and so forth.
Much of what medical care we provide on the Ranch would not be possible without the generous donations. Since our onsite clinic we have been donated: A microscope which allows us to do parasite checks; an anesthesia machine which allows us to perform surgeries on birds and other wildlife with ease; as well as bandages, antibiotics, surgery glue and other very important tools!
What Procedures We Perform
- Parasitic Evaluation
- Emergency care
A Day in the Clinic
The day starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. with kennels lining the walls of the clinic, there’s animals to attend to. This involves cleaning their bedding, feeding and attending to each different species needs. Each animal is given a check up and updates on their health written down in records. Medication is administered to those who are prescribed. Throughout the day the animals receive constant care and enrichment, sometimes not ending with sunset and care will continue late into the night. Many of these animals are release candidates which need rehab work and exercise. Other animals in the clinic are orphaned babies in incubators, those with injuries or confiscated animals in quarantine for assessment. A day in the clinic is always an exciting and rewarding experience here at the Ranch.
Milo was brought to the Ranch because his mother and him were very ill. Unfortunately, his mother passed away and Milo was left as an orphan. He was still suffering from a terrible cold and was unable to regulate his body temperature. Yet, through his sickness he grew stronger with the proper care. Today, he is our second oldest sloth on the Ranch!
Noelia was brought to the Ranch as an orphan. She was kept as a pet and the humans who kept her cut her tail off. She was so young that she had to be kept in an incubator and was on 2-hour care and feeding schedule. She was also infested with parasites and suffered several wounds (including her tail). Today, she is now growing and is good friends with Izzy, our other spider monkey.
Collaboration focuses on releasing hand-raised orphaned sloths back into the rainforest The Sloth Institute of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (TSI) announces its collaboration with Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) to enhance its Sloth Release and Education Program at TRR. TRR’s release site is located in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, which is one-hour from their rescue center.This release […]
The Release Site
The release site is expanding and enabling the Ranch to release more wildlife! The Ranch has two properties, one parcel of 25 acres and another one measuring 16 acres where our farm house is located. Here, we provide volunteer opportunities for zoology, biology, veterinary and other wildlife professions to gain hands-on-experience with releasing and monitoring wildlife. We also conduct an education program for the local area to inform locals about the importance of keeping wildlife wild and the influence humans have on our ecosystems.
A Release Candidate VS. Permanent Residents
An animal that is brought to the Ranch with prior instincts and the knowledge of surviving in the wild is likely for release. Such cases are adult raptors, owls, sloths and birds that are brought in with minor injuries that can be treated within a timely manner. Also, toucan offspring in our breeding program will be also be release candidates. However, it is important to note that process of release depends on the collaborative agreement of Leslie, Vet Janet and MINAE on whether the animal can be released.
An animal that is brought to the Ranch with severe injuries that will prevent the animal from eating, hunting or supporting itself in the wild. As well as offspring or orphans that have little to no prior knowledge gained from parental guidance for proper diet, habitat and behaviors. Also, animals that have desensitized to human interaction will be unfit for release; because that animal risks being captured and reintroduced into the black market, illegal pet
Partnered with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica
The Sloth Institute (TSI)’s vision is to expand scientific knowledge and education about the sloth to enhance their well-being and assure their conservation here and on this planet. The Sloth Institute’s 3 part mission: 1) RESEARCH of captive and wild sloths. 2) COLLABORATION with other institutions that work with sloths around the world. 3) EDUCATION to generate and disseminate responsible and balanced information about sloths to the public.
The Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Sloth Institute Costa Rica has joined forces to release more rescued orphaned sloths! This partnership was established to help assist TRR with its soft release program of hand-raised sloths. The collaboration will also allow TRR and TSI to expand the research of both wild and released sloths! TRR is excited to enhance this component of its release efforts so it can contribute to the overall release success and science of sloths! TSI is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. For further information or to donate to this project, email email@example.com or visit www.theslothinstitutecostarica.org.
Sightings at our Release Site
The Ranch houses full-time animal residents. Wildlife that come in as orphans or with serious injuries require long-term and sometimes permanent care. Click on the following for more information on our permanent residents that are birds, owls, sloths and other wildlife.
Why We Have Long-Term Residents
Not all rescued animals can be released. Juvenile or adult birds and animals that come to us with minor injuries receive medical treatment, care while they recuperate, and then are released back into their natural habitat. Ones that come as babies or with serious injuries require long-term and sometimes permanent care. All birds and animals are visited by our vet regularly.
The rescued birds and animals belong to Costa Rica. The wildlife ministry monitors our activities but they do not contribute financially. As caretakers of this wildlife, we are responsible for the cost of their medical care and food. We do tours, rent out guesthouses, and do symbolic adoptions to raise money to care for the animals.
The Ranch rescues wildlife with the intention of releasing the animal back into its natural environment. If the Ranch has the capacity to completely rehabilitate the animal from its former injuries/condition, then, with permission from MINAE, we release that animal back into its habitat.