To rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rican wildlife

Project name:

Toucan Rescue Ranch

Project purpose:

The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education, and research to ensure a brighter tomorrow for native wildlife.

TRR focuses on the care, rehabilitation, and release of national wildlife. We receive and care for confiscated, sick, and injured animals from government agencies. The Toucan Rescue Ranch works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) who rescues wildlife and brings them to our facility. TRR provides sanctuary while giving premier medical treatment, rehabilitation, and eventual release into its natural environment.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management
  • teaching


Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • gain a qualification or credit
  • remote scenic location
  • report writing
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • publishes peer-reviewed science
  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Interns are provided room and board, volunteers are provided homestays at their own expense with local families.

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included (if an intern), food included (if an intern), cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

4-weeks for volunteer / 6 months for internships


  • Be able to commit at least 4-weeks to volunteering. A longer duration is preferred.
  • Must be 18-years or older
  • Have a current tetanus vaccination
  • International emergency medical insurance while volunteering
  • Willingness to get dirty, sweaty, tired, and work for wildlife

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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