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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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Goal of wildlife release & education

My husband, I, and 20 yr old daughter toured the facility a week ago. Short drive up the hill, then... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Boerne, Texas
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Informative, fun, and all of the money goes to help the animals!

Me and my friends visited the sanctuary today and were guided by a gentleman who is originally from... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Igor S
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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...more
Alturas de San Martin Norte | 7KM south of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
+506 2200 5440
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband, I, and 20 yr old daughter toured the facility a week ago. Short drive up the hill, then into parking area of the Altura Villas, also part of the property. Stunning views and photo opp of Pacific Ocean! Our guide, a very handsome...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Me and my friends visited the sanctuary today and were guided by a gentleman who is originally from Cape Cod who’s name I unfortunately cannot recall. He was extremely warm, friendly, and passionate about his work. All of the profits from ticket proceeds go to...More

Thank Igor S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was such a worthwhile visit for a wonderful cause. We saw a variety of wildlife animals in the rescue as well as other wildlife that decided to stop and play in the woods behind the rescue while we were there. Our guide, Florian, was...More

Thank Fearless206595
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rescue and release center is a great place to visit for kids and adults alike! The sanctuary area hold many different types of animals and a volunteer guides you through educating you on hows, whys and facts. 100% goes directly to animal care. They...More

Thank Hotel Tropical ... D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the sanctuary while staying at the Villas and really enjoyed the tour. It's very impressive to see what they do for the injured wildlife in the area.

Thank chrisvolek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty small place so if you're looking for a zoo experience you won't get it here. However they are very dedicated to their mission of helping wildlife and educating people. Got to see a good variety of local animals here.

Thank Mikew1115
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guide was very informative and he also had a sense of humor which made our tour more enjoyable. We were able to see wild monkeys and birds as well that came to the sanctuary which was nice. The animals are very well cared for....More

Thank Akimi O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour for a good cause! Our guide was very informative, all of the animals are so well cared for!

Thank _kramlichd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loyal gave us a tour, and what a tour it was of the sanctuary. He runs the Alturas Sanctuary, and knows so many interesting details of all the animals, their backstories, what it takes to either release them back into the wild, or how to...More

Thank AuntyImo
Reviewed 21 August 2018

The staff and management are top notch. They are knowledgeable and enjoy showing folks around the facility. The enclosure is clean as a pin and is fun to visit. It will warm your heart..

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12 March 2018|
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Response from Roundy | Reviewed this property |
No touching by the public. They try and keep handling to a minimum since the aim is to reintroduce back into the wild where possible.
2 February 2018|
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Response from Michelle C | Reviewed this property |
The upsetting feelings you will get will NOT be due to the enclosures size, but at the humans that thought they could have these animals as pets, the reason most of them are there. This is not a zoo, the efforts the... More
Laura N
31 October 2017|
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Response from Thomas R | Property representative |
Hello, please visit our volunteer page at Alturas wildlife sanctuary website. Thanks