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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

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

50

Terrestrial

Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings

1

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

Accommodation:

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

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

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

Requirements:

  • 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

Adriano

Volunteer

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

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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