The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary In Costa Rica

We Nurture Distressed Animals Back To Health & Reintroduce Them Back To The Wild

Tucked away just walking distance from the hotel, lies the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you will be able to experience a rich variety of the amazing wildlife Costa Rica has to offer.The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization and every person that steps through our doors is helping rescue, feed, give necessary veterinary care, and so much more.

We have new habitats for over 75 animals that are cared for by our professional staff and a host of volunteers! The type and number of animals hosted at our sanctuary is constantly fluctuating and you will discover different animals from month to month. Schedule one of our tours where you and your family will get educated, be entertained and experience up close interaction with some of the most amazing and exotic animals found anywhere in the world.

We have worked closely with the Costa Rican government on the construction of the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and have developed an educational program for school children in the area. We are also constructing a new Learning Center which will allow large groups of school children to visit the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and use the Learning Center for presentations and lectures.

This is just the start of what we hope will be a world class wildlife rescue center and educational experience. Open your mind and heart to the importance of educating not only ourselves but our children about conservation and how we can live in harmony while preserving the natural habitat of these exotic animals! Enjoy and we hope to see you here!

Tour and lunch combo

Join us for a guided tour and lunch with a spectacular view of the south pacific!

Kids (3 -12) $20

Chicken Fingers

Hand breaded chicken strips, served with French fries


Beef patty lightly seasoned, cheese, served with French fries 


Flour tortilla filled with American cheese, served with French fries 


Adults $32

fish tacos

Grilled fish, corn tortillas topped with shredded cabbage, guacamole and salsa fresca

Alturas Burger

Lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, French fries

veggie wrap

Sautéed onion, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, rice, black beans and cheese 

 *No substitutions

Tour Only

December –August                                                                      September-November

Kids (3-12)          $15                                                                                                                          $10

Adults                  $25                                                                                                                          $18

Kids, National   $10                                                                                                                            $10

Adult, National $20                                                                                                                            $18

Mission Statement

The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a facility that receives animals that the government of Costa Rica confiscates from any type of illegal situation. That is usually the illegal pet trade or illegal domestication by people. We also receive abandoned or orphaned baby and adult animals that have been injured but survive. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back to their natural habitat and to provide sanctuary for those animals that cannot be returned to their natural habitat because of disability, injury or severe over-domestication. We also work to educate and enlighten the people of the world about the amazing animals of Costa Rica!

Director Of Operations

Mike Graeber is a true animal lover with over 40 years of experience working with animals. He moved to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone in 2000 and founded the D.A.W.G. (Domestic Animal Welfare Group).  In 2008 he turned his attention to Wildlife Rehab & Release and quickly became the “go to guy” whenever an injured animal was found. Since 2011, he operated the Osa Animal Sanctuary and now he is taking his expertise over to us. We couldn’t be happier to have the animals at our sanctuary in his capable hands.

Read A Message From Mike

How You Can Help

It’s exciting and rewarding to be a part of a great cause and we could not do this without people like you! If rehabilitating animals touches your heart, there are many ways were you can make a difference. Make a One Time Monetary Contribution, Sponsor A Habitat, Volunteer Your Time or Donate Equipment. To learn more about how you can help rescue animals in Costa Rica, please visit our Donations page.

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Reggae to the Rescue

When: July 16th 2016
Where: Patrons, Dominical
Who: Rebelution with special guest Ojo de Buey
What: A Concert to benefit injured & displaced wildlife in Costa Rica

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Latest News From The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

The animals visiting the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary do not belong to us – they belong to the Costa Rican rainforest. However, while they are here, you can discover a lot about these amazing creatures. Learn about which new animals are arriving, how they got here, how their recovery process is going, and eventually feel the joy of knowing about their release back home to their natural environment. If you have visited the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and want to know about a special animal that has touched your heart, check this website for updates.