Toucan Rescue Ranch

The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and when possible, release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education and research so a brighter tomorrow is promised to the incredible animals of Costa Rica’s rainforests. As a volunteer, you can assist in the daily activities of running the Toucan Rescue Ranch, or you may offer your particular skills to focus on specific projects.

The ranch is located a bit outside of San José. All volunteers start the day chopping fruit and vegetables for the day’s feedings. Depending on the number of people and their chopping skills, this can take a few hours. When the day’s food is ready, volunteers move on to other activities. Other activities vary depending on the current needs of the Ranch.

A volunteer’s daily tasks include:

  • Prepare diets for all animals on the property
  • Deliver diets to the wildlife
  • Clean enclosures
  • Enclosure enrichment
  • Clean guesthouse
  • Help with yard maintenance
  • Office work for administrators
  • Fill out a project form and start your own project once approved

Depending on the volunteer’s background and personality, they may be asked if they would like to help with other tasks. All volunteers are observed on how well they handle themselves around wildlife to determine further responsibility.

30 days minimum required. Standard schedule is 5-days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Two days off per week, not necessarily weekends or holidays.
Free for volunteers staying longer than 3 months. Otherwise volunteers are asked to contribute a $50 per week donation for every week of their stay. Accommodation is not provided for one-month volunteers, but the Ranch has homestay and apartment rental deals with residents nearby for a reasonable fee.

For more information about volunteering with Toucan Rescue Ranch, visit them online: