Nearly a 50-year-old tradition, April 22nd marks an international celebration for our Earth.
We use this day to tackle environmental issues the world is facing while appreciating Earth’s beauty across the globe. We believe environmental education is the foundation of a society that respects nature and cares for our planet and all the species that live on it. That is why education is one of Toucan Rescue Ranch’s goals. We can’t protect what we don’t know. For us, educating others about wildlife is part of our conservation efforts!
Protecting wildlife helps the Earth to keep balance and to have a healthy environment. Everything is connected!
One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems.
It recognizes that the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and interdependent.World Heatlh Organization
This year, for Earth Day, we want to honor that by sharing with you some of our actions to help wildlife other than rescuing and rehabilitating them.
1. Our alliance with ESPH (Public Service Company of Heredia)
As you probably know, electrocution is one of the main reasons sloths arrived at our Rescue Center. So, to try and solve this problem, we have created an alliance with ESPH to create wildlife bridges and help them come up with insulated power lines and transformers that are safe for wildlife.
2. Educational Tours
All our tours are educational alongside one of our knowledgeable guides. We want people who take our tours to learn about the animals and the issues they face. Tours are the perfect opportunity to get everyone enthusiastic about wildlife conservation. The more people we can reach, the more perspectives can be involved in solving environmental issues and saving the planet.
3. Getting our community involved
We have got the community involved in conservation in both San Isidro (Headquarters) and Sarapiquí (Release Site). We have worked with organizations like Guarumo Conservation and Árboles y Vida to help us reforest our properties and have hosted free workshops for people in our community.
4. Workshops with police and firefighters
Our team has visited communities like La Fortuna and Bijagua to give special workshops for police officers and firefighters about Wildlife First Aid and Natural History, Management, and Conservation of Sloths. Since police officers and firefighters are usually in contact to rescue wildlife, we believe this information is essential for them. We are looking to get to more communities this year!
5. Environmental Education for Schools
For us, working alongside schools is essential. We want to bring environmental education to as many schools as possible in Costa Rica and worldwide. Our Education Program has created innovative tours for kids and teenagers to learn about wildlife and conservation. We offer both on-site and virtual experiences!
Join us in celebrating the day that brings people worldwide together to save and protect the Earth. We will share more about our Education Program and our actions to bring environmental education to everyone!
Don’t forget to check our limited-edition Earth Day 2023 Collection! All proceeds will go to Toucan Rescue Ranch’s Education Program.
Remember, your efforts are valuable daily, not just on Earth Day! Enjoy celebrating!