The Breeding Program:
The Toucan Rescue Ranch only breeds birds that can be released. For example, toucans that cannot be released due to injuries or who have been around people for too long are candidates for the breeding program. After a DNA test to determine gender, the toucans are paired and placed in one of our breeding enclosures. With the parents here to raise the babies, the offspring are able to be raised wild and not become familiar with humans. Once the bird has reached a mature juvenile stage, the toucan is moved to a pre-release enclosure where it learns to fly, eat natural foods it would find in the rainforest and learn about its predators.
With Emerald Toucanets we learned a lot about breeding: nest logs, diets, duration of babies in the nest and much more. We are applying what we learned to the other species such as the Chestnut-Mandibled, Collared Aracari and Keel-Billed toucan, where we will hopefully be successful in breeding for eventual release.
We also have an owl breeding program where Striped owls, Pygmy owls and Mottled owls have bred. Since these owls are from our area, they are trained and released right here at the Ranch. We have found that the releases have been tremendously successful and we are excited to be able to introduce native owls to our area.
The Toucan Rescue Ranch is the first in Costa Rica and second in the world to successfully have captive bred Emerald Toucanets! Due to this incredible feat we have applied this knowledge to our other toucan species. We have found a gradual incline in breeding success at the Ranch. We have been the first to have a captive bred, parent raised Keel-Billed toucan (see below). Additionally, we are seeing progress with our toucan pairs and they are beginning to mate and hatch babies. Stay connected with our newsletter for ongoing successes with our breeding program!