General Information

Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) focuses on the care, rehabilitation and study of Costa Rican toucans and other wildlife. We receive and care for confiscated, sick and injured wildlife from government agencies. TRR gives them a loving home with the goal of providing appropriate medical treatment, rehabilitation and then, when possible, returning them to its natural environment.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch is a licensed Costa Rican wildlife rescue facility (A Costa Rican Foundation: 300667701803) and a 501(c)3 charitable organization in the United States (EIN: 80-0516453); ALL donations are tax deductible. 

How You Can Help

Toucan Rescue Ranch is constantly looking for support. There are a dozen different ways you can help the Ranch with its efforts. Depending on what you’re interested and how you would prefer to help you can consider the following options:

  • Donate towards our operating costs

  • Donate towards a specific cause via crowdfunding

  • Donate medical supplies

  • Create your own fundraiser

  • Visit the Ranch and stay in our Bed and Breakfast

  • Take a tour and meet all of our wildlife

  • Volunteer your time and work with the Ranch for a month or more

  • If you’re coming to visit, bring toucan pellets or other important dietary materials

Together we are making a difference.


Common questions and everything you need to know when visiting

If you have any concerns please read this collection of frequently asked questions before contacting us. If you are still unclear about something feel free to contact us at info@toucanrescueranch.org.

As a rescue center our first concern is for the animals. Being handled by people they don’t recognize, primarily through smell, is very stressful for sloths. So while we cannot let you hold wildlife, your experience will be personal and special.
Toucan Rescue Ranch is located in San Josecito of San Isidro of Heredia. It is 15 minutes from the town of Heredia, 35 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the Capital, San Jose the cap.
As a rescue center, we only allow access to people with a tour or guesthouse reservation. Please refer to the TOUR or GUESTHOUSE reservation pages to confirm visitation dates.
The Ranch is located in the highlands, San Jose region at 4,500 feet. Green season is during the months of May to November. During this time we advise you to bring a sweater for nights, a rain jacket and a flashlight. Layered clothing is best, especially during rainy season.  Dry season is during December to April. You can expect warmer weather. 
The Ranch can arrange a taxi  for early departures and will deliver a continental breakfast to your guesthouse the night before. Taxi prices to the airport are approximately $30. A van is approximately $35. 

How far is

All locations below are in reference to Toucan Rescue Ranch

1 hour & 15 minutes (great trip for bird watching).
2 hour drive..
Estimated 7 hour drive.
35 minute drive (aerial tram & hiking).
Approximately 30 minutes. 
The Cloud Forest, La Paz Waterfall Gardens

The Cloud Forest, La Paz Waterfall Gardens

The Crater, Poas Volcano

The Crater, Poas Volcano

Manuel Antonio, Pacific Coast

Manuel Antonio, Pacific Coast