The goal of the Education Program is to contribute to the protection of our wildlife and increase awareness of conservation issues.

Education Programs

  • Training of forest rangers, police, and firemen in the identification and habits of rainforest wildlife as well as the proper handling of wildlife and first aid for wounded wildlife workshops.
  • Conducting public tours that include valuable wildlife and conservation information.
  • Holding sessions with school classes at the Ranch at local schools and via Skype with schools in other countries.
  • Workshops with medical and veterinary university students.


School Programs

The School Education Program is tailored to each class depending on the age of the students and the curriculum. We can conduct a single session or plan multiple sessions throughout the school year.

We can do a general session on the rainforest and its wildlife as well as sessions with a specific topic. The teacher can provide the topic.

Suggested topics are:

  • Sloths
  • Toucans, Macaws, Parrots
  • What are the dangers to our rain forests and wildlife

30 minute session with Co-Owner Leslie Howle, who provides the primary care for babies, injured birds and animals. During the lesson, Leslie will talk about the topic, show the children some of the animals and give them an opportunity to ask questions.

(NOTE: If you have a large group and want to schedule multiple sessions, they will need to be on different days. The size of the group depends on the display equipment available.)

“I am super impressed that The Toucan Rescue Ranch, Veterinarian Dr. Janet Sandi, and The Sloth Institute have joined forces to create an incredibly strong multidisciplinary team. Each brings a unique expertise to the problem of rehabilitating and releasing sloths making them uniquely qualified to take on the daunting task of getting injured Costa Rican sloths back in to the wild. I am looking forward to following their progress.”

-Donald Brightsmith Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Health Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University Director of the Tambopata Macaw Project