Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Dominical: Address, Phone Number, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews: 5/5

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization where we Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release Costa Rica's exotic wildlife back into the jungle! 100% of your donation goes to care for the animals. You will see a variety of species and hopefully walk away with an understand on the importance of conservation.
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christopher b
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Stop by and support their cause.
Sep 2021
If you want to see the wildlife of Costa Rica, this is the top place to do it. Rigo's passion for what he does comes through when he is talking about the different animals of this sanctuary. I love their philosophy "Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release." If they cannot be released due to complications the animals the rescue have a sanctuary here or Alturas finds a sanctuary that focuses on that specific animal.
Written September 26, 2021
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Sweet-spot_for_travel
St Martin / St Maarten206 contributions
Short visit but happy to donate to a good cause
Jul 2021 • Family
Nice to see not so common animals up close. I am always hesitant to do any tours with animals involved but in this case the sanctuary makes it clear the animals you get to see cannot be rehabilitated so have to be kept there.
For a lot of them they were kept as pets all their lives ( illegal in CR) and confiscated or were so injured or born with defects that they could never make it in the wild.
The Animals that stood out the most to us were the pair of 30 year old Spider Monkeys. They are a rare sight to see and they were impressive by their size.
It was interesting to see the ant eaters up close too as well as the aracari toucans which can only be found in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone.
I was sort of expecting to see more of the day to day operations of the refuge/sanctuary, maybe see the behind the scenes of the clinic or how some of the injured animals are recovering etc but the guide told us they want to keep the wild animals wild and not have them have interactions with humans which makes a lot of sense.
So you get a quick tour of the outside of the refuge, which includes two, 2 toed sloths.
You can catch a pretty awesome view next to the parking area too.
All in all we were happy to contribute/support the sanctuary/clinic/rehab center with our visit.
They constantly receive injured or orphaned animals, rehabilitate and release.
You can find the sanctuary on Facebook and Instagram and get a first hand look at what they do inside the clinic and the process from healing to releasing.
Written July 18, 2021
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Good afternoon and thank you for the kind review! Our priority is to get animals back in the wild and we appreciate you understanding we have to limit the contact between the wildlife and visitors to give them this best chance. While we don't want the animals in our permanent care, we are glad we are able to provide them a much better life than what they often had, especially in the case of those spider monkeys. Fortunately for wildlife, the laws here are very strict to keep and maintain a healthy ecosystem in one of the most diverse parts of the world. We truly appreciate your visit and support as we could not rescue the hundreds of animals that come in a year without it. We hope to see you again!
Written July 25, 2021
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Angeline C
27 contributions
Such a great organization
Jul 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful tour of the facility. We saw birds, monkeys, ant eaters, sloths, crocodile and pigs. They help injured animals rehabilitate and go back into the wild. Sometimes they can’t go back to the wild and they take wonderful care of them. It was great to see the animals!
Written July 13, 2021
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Thank you for the amazing review! We do our best to get the animals back into the wild, but are glad we can provide a healthy life for them in our care if we are unable to. Because of your visit and support, we can continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife as well as care for those in our permanent care. Thank you so much and we hope to see you again someday.
Written July 25, 2021
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Bunmaster2014
Boca Raton, FL6,861 contributions
RESCUE, REHABILITATE AND RELEASE
May 2021 • Solo
Great animal rehab facility. Very informative tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered questions. Go out of your way if necessary to experience this. Covid precautions in effect. I'd been vaccinated and yet wore a mask.
Written May 19, 2021
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We strive to give the best to our animals, and being able to share our work and passion with visitors makes it that much better. We know education is a huge step in conservation work and even if we teach just one person a day or even a week, we believe it is for the better of the world. Thank you again and we hope we can welcome you back soon.
Written May 29, 2021
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Heidi W
Ann Arbor, MI14 contributions
Don't miss!
Apr 2021
Really informational and fun tour around the sanctuary! Our guide was wonderful and so patient with our kids who had lots of questions! We highly recommend a vist.
Written April 22, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour. We love questions and inspiring younger generations so we are glad your kids were asking questions. Thank you for your support!
Written May 25, 2021
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Raphael H
Gran Canaria, Spain28 contributions
Best place to see sheltered wildlife animals with a great view of the coast
Apr 2021 • Couples
Our guide Keely learned her tour by heart as she lives for the animals. Best you can visit and support when in Costa Rica to help the environment and the animals. Better book the tour in the morning as the animals sleep when it's too hot.
Written April 8, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! Kaylee has been a wonderful asset to Alturas as an intern and guide. She loves the animals and our work and we are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your support!
Written May 25, 2021
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Mateee
Javea, Spain15 contributions
The guide was extremely helpful
Mar 2021 • Solo
Interesting visit to the sanctuary, saw some sloths and ocelots. There main idea is to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild. I may have a look and possibly be interested in volunteering here.
Written March 13, 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We would love to welcome you back as a volunteer! We are so glad you found it interesting and left with a great understanding of what we do.
Written May 25, 2021
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Susan F
14 contributions
A Chance to Learn about Local Wildlife
Jan 2021
My sister and I spent an hour and half visting the sanctuary. We were very impressed with the efforts of Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary to both save the local animals and to educate visitors about them. We came away with an understanding of the delicate ecosystem that provides shelter to these lovely creatures.
Written January 24, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and were able to learn along the way. Education is so important to us and we hope everyone can walk away having learned something about wildlife and conservation. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you again.
Written March 3, 2021
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TravelingFool88005
Las Cruces, NM1,089 contributions
A special place
Dec 2020 • Couples
This is in between uvita and Dominical. You book tours online: 9, 11 and 1. And pay at the hotel. The hotel has an amazing view of the ocean/Ballena np. This is an interesting place and a great cause. It should be advertised more.
Written January 6, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Education is so important to us and we hope everyone can walk away having learned something about wildlife and conservation. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you again.
Written March 3, 2021
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Ines Kovacsovics
Salt Lake City, UT5 contributions
Great Tour
Jan 2021 • Family
We had a great tour at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. The guide was very informative and we learned a lot about the sanctuary, the animals they are caring for and their stories.
Written January 3, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and were able to learn along the way. Education is so important to us and we hope everyone can walk away having learned something about wildlife and conservation. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you again.
Written March 3, 2021
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