Sleep with the Animals at Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Source : Tico Times
Travelers hoping to sleep a few feet from some of Costa Rica’s most exotic and colorful species can find that opportunity at the Toucan Rescue Ranch, a private wildlife rescue facility and charming bed-and-breakfast just three kilometers from Braulio Carrillo National Park in San Josecito de San Isidro de Heredia, north of the capital. The rescue center receives, evaluates and treats confiscated, sick and injured wildlife. Animals that cannot be rehabilitated and released into the wild find a loving home on the ranch.
Since opening in 2004, the two-acre farm has become a permanent residence for more than 100 birds of over 20 species, including toucans, parrots, owls and pheasants. Over the years, the center was expanded to take in mammals, including two-toed sloths, a spider monkey, a Mexican tree porcupine and the newest addition, a baby kinkajou.
Born in the United States, Toucan Rescue Ranch founder Leslie Howle spent most of her childhood in Costa Rica. Howle’s father, Alan Hutchinson, was one of the first property developers on the Pacific coast, and a promoter of eco-tourism long before it came into vogue. From age 7 to 15, Howle lived with her family in the beach town of Nosara, in the northwest province of Guanacaste.
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