The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary In Costa Rica

About Us

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Costa Rica’s wildlife. To accomplish this, we rehabilitate hundreds of animals a year, provide environmental education to schools and the local community and we conduct behavioral research on surrounding areas as well as on the animals in our care.
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The Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary offers tours of the sanctuary from Tuesday to Sunday at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. These tours are offered in English and Spanish. We are closed to the public on Mondays however we will still accept animal emergencies. Tours last between 1 and 1.5 hours and provide information on Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary’s history, our aims and objectives, the animals’ individual stories and our rescue work. Visitors will meet the sanctuary residents while learning about their history, biology and conservation needs. We have a wide variety of animals including: spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans, peccary, and kinkajous. Visitors are not allowed to touch the animals in accordance with Costa Rican law. Many of the animals in our sanctuary have had traumatic experiences at the hands of humans before they came to us, so we try to create a natural environment for them with other members of their species. This hands-off policy allows the animals to live in a low stress but naturally enriched environment.

The donations from these tours go directly and completely towards running of the sanctuary and rescue center (the latter is not open to visitors as we have to keep human contact to a minimum in order to rehabilitate and release wild animals).

If you would like to reserve a space on one of our tours please visit our website or call us directly on 2200-5440 or 8609-5363.

Animal Emergencies

If you come across an injured or orphaned animal then please call us on our emergency phone at +506 8589 7812. We are available 24 hours a day to respond to calls regarding animals in need. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you believe an animal needs our help.


Are you interested in volunteering abroad with animals, or are you looking for volunteering opportunities with wildlife and want to support animal conservation initiatives in other countries?

As a volunteer, you will also assist in improving the quality of life for rescued and abandoned animals. It is a wonderful experience where you can work closely with the wildlife of Costa Rica, meet like-minded people from all over the world, and learn more about wildlife conservation and rehabilitation.

If you would love to learn more about the opportunities we offer then please check out our website

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How you can help

There are many ways you can support our animals and the important work that we do here. If you would like to learn more about ways in which you can help us then please visit our donations page where you can make monetary donations, donate items from our amazon wish list or discover shopping with AmazonSmile! Thank you in advance, we couldn’t do any of it without you.