Andrea Quirós Vargas is the Tour Coordinator and one of the full-time guides at Toucan Rescue Ranch. She studied Management of Natural Resources in the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) in Costa Rica and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree on the same career, currently finishing her thesis on Management Protocols for Captive Wildlife on Santuario de Lapas Natuwa, another sanctuary located in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She started working at Toucan Rescue Ranch as an on-call guide in October 2020. She has always wanted to work with wild animals both in situ or ex-situ and loves educating people about the animals at the Ranch telling their stories, biology of the species, threats, and how people can contribute to their conservation.
Andrea has volunteered with other non-profit organizations such as Gente y Fauna, which works to help with the coexistence between wild cats and other animals and cattle ranchers/rural communities in Costa Rica, doing tasks like reviewing camera trap videos. She has also been part of the Ecological Restoration Network in UNED since 2016, helping with restoration projects, presentations, representing the Network in activities, fieldwork, etc; and has been part of the Board of Directors of the Student Association of Management of Natural Resources since 2018 both as Secretary (2018-2019) and currently as President (2019-2021), representing the students and the career. She is also a lover of all wildlife and loves to learn new things about flora and fauna, especially mammals, birds, insects, and the interactions they can have with their environment.