Toucan Rescue Ranch Blog

  • Kidz Korner: Creating a space to inspire the future

    A major part of conservation is involving the younger generations – because it is their future we are fighting to protect the most. As part of our work, we focus on education, not only for children but for communities and everyone who wants to be a part of conservation in Costa Rica. But when it comes to children, we know we can also learn a lot about their insights, their perspectives and encourage them to raise their voices and become active participants in the work we do. 

  • Wildlife Catalog: Keel Billed Toucan

    The Killed-billed Toucan is one of the most iconic species of Costa Rica, its bright colored beak has become synonymous with visions of trekking in the rainforest. Adults are mostly black with a vibrant yellow-feather bib covering their throat and chest and a green ring around their eyes. Your eye however is drawn to the large brightly colored bill, a rainbow of colors: yellow, green, orange and blue with a red tip. Both sexes are similar in color, but the males are larger.

  • Wildlife Catalog: Neotropical River Otter

    Otters are an animal like no ‘otter’. Long and slender, they mostly resemble their close relatives, weasels, and martens with some quite specific differences. Otters are generally elongated, with extremely flexible spines, allowing for the quick up and down motions needed for underwater locomotion. Neotropical river otters are sexually dimorphic with males being about 25% larger than females. 

  • Wildlife Catalog: Yellow-Naped Parrot

    In Costa Rica, yellow-naped amazons are important because they’re the only mid-sized parrot on the Pacific side of the country. They’re also one of the most captured species for the wild animal trade. Yellow-naped parrots are recognized for their bright personalities, melodious voices, and willingness to imitate sounds, making them particularly attractive to poachers.

  • Parrots: You either love them or fear them

    Parrots: You either love them or fear them. For a lot of people, there’s no real in-between.  At least, that has been our experience seeing people volunteer and intern with us and having to learn how to work with and around these noisy, intelligent, and long-living animals.

  • Poor Baby Trash Panda Found with No Mama In Sight

    Everyone, please give a warm welcome to our newest campaign baby, Rocket. Just like his friend Groot, Rocket is currently residing at our Release Site, and his story is a sort of a mystery. All we know is that Rocket was found alone, without a nest or a mom, by a local in the Guapiles area – Costa Rica – and he was then brought to us.

  • The Best Things to do When Visiting Costa Rica from a Costa Rican herself!

    As a native Costa Rican, I can tell you my home country offers natural beauty beyond comparison – and outside activities are the #1 reason you should visit. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica has never been afraid to take on big challenges when it comes to preserving nature. In fact, more than 28% of our land is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges and has topped the polls when it comes to ecological footprint since 99% of our energy is renewable. In addition, Costa Rica has been proclaimed as one of the happiest countries in the world, and here’s why:

  • The Sloth becomes a National Symbol of Costa Rica

    The Sloth Becomes a National Symbol of Costa Rica: Did you hear?! This July, the Costa Rican government has announced that both the two-fingered and three-fingered sloths are now national symbols, and as a wildlife rescue center that specializes in sloths, we couldn’t be more excited!

  • Toucan Rescue Ranch Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Ranch Experience and Educational Tours

    Heredia, Costa Rica – July 12, 2021 – Toucan Rescue Ranch today announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner for hotels and tours. This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe, having earned great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Toucan Rescue Ranch stood out by continuously delighting travelers here in Costa Rica and virtually.