The Osa Wildlife Sanctuary Story

Our Story

Carol moved to Costa Rica after visiting for many years and then started an eco-lodge at Cana Blanca. The locals began to drop off orphaned and injuried wildlife, and soon there was no time for guests.

In the early days, it was primarily an avian sanctuary. Then, after Poppy, the spider monkey arrived on October 29, 2003, the flood gates opened to all kinds of wonderful local critters. The sanctuary is currently home to a wide variety of orphaned and injured animals (about 70 non-human animal residents). The sanctuary is situated on the Golfo Dulce coast at Cana Blanca and is contigous with Piedras Blancas National Park. With the protection of Piedras Blancas, much of the original sanctuary property's 700 acres became part of the Park.

Over the last few years, many of the sanctuary's animal facilities have been moved to the southern part of the property. Many upgraded and new enclosures were built, including: a new Ocelot pre-release cage, the Titi pre-release cage, a red-lored Parrot pre-release cage, a quarntine building, and cages for Capuchins, a Tayra, a Kinkajou, and the Sloths.

In the coming year we hope to complete the multi-purpose building, the animal kitchen and living quarters for the volunteers, researchers and employees. We are drawing up plans for grasshopper and rat breeding facilities, to provide live prey for the releasable animals that must learn to hunt to survive.

This work is only possible with your support. Please consider supporting us. Your donation will make a large difference in an animal's life.

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