The Toucan Rescue Ranch desperately needs a clinic, we are accepting very rare, endangered animals, always are receiving birds with broken wings, very difficult cases.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
We have been so busy that I have not kept up the Blog!! Sorry, here are some of the highlights of the last few months!
We have also received 12 new toucans these past months, a record of toucans coming into the program. Some were confiscated pets, others juveniles and babies fallen from nests. We are receiving birds and animals from all over the country, sometimes they drive for a full day, all the way from the border to bring them to us. We have had to turn down many, and sadly it is clear that we are running out of space, but we refuse to overcrowd enclosures and we need to keep our current animals happy and healthy.
A Record of Releases!We released Coco our rescued Squirrel and have not seen her at all, hopefully she will come back to visit someday to let us know she survived.
We also have successfully released the baby Striped owlets that were born here, and they have come back to visit, so that is really fun to be out at night and hear them calling!
Successful Breeding of Emerald Tucanets!Two little ones hatched, here is the father feeding one of them. This is a huge boost to our program, everything we are learning about breeding, the nest logs, diets, duration of babies in the nest etc. We are applying to the larger toucans to hopefully be successful in breeding the Keel billed toucans for eventual release.
We are working on the website constantly, so please stay in touch with the site, and Facebook as well.
Exciting new projects in the works!! Will post soon about our campaign to fund raise for a much needed clinic. Your help and support are needed!!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Toucan Rescue Ranch
In Jan and Feb. we had a wonderful film crew staying with us from Sweden! They were making a documentary about The Toucan Rescue Ranch. It was great fun, but very exhausting with guests here in the B+B as well, animals coming into the rescue center and interviews!! We are glad that the filming is over, but miss everyone dearly. We did not expect the experience to be so emotionally draining, and actually they were able to film so much of the day to day operations here at the ranch, that indeed it does get very emotional at times....new animals, following the wildlife inspectors on a raid to rescue birds and a kinkajou etc.
My great friend Terrie (Millie book author) came to visit and help for 10 days, she was terrific and I could not of done it all without her help!! Thank you Terrie!! Anytime you are ready to move down just let us know!
So, I am going to do a photo update!
The name means forbidden and sacred, which he is,
Tabu is an Oncilla one of the most endangered cats in Costa Rica and the smallest of the wild cats. He came in from Cartago over the holidays, he showed up in peoples back yards looking for food.
It is a long story, but he came here and 4 different wildlife folks have been here to evaluate him and people that have worked with feral cats, and everyone basically thinks the same thing...he is used to people because at an early stage in his life he was probably someones pet. Poached out of the forest as a kitten, then as he is getting larger he is more scary and can be dangerous, and they probably let him go.
I really wanted to release him, but because he is so endangered and looks to humans for food, it was decided that he should stay here. He is about the same size as a house cat. We have been very fortunate and two of our guests gave very nice donations and we are building him a huge enclosure!
More new arrivals:
Max came in from a horrible living situation, he was confiscated out of a terrible place where he was chained up living inside of an old washing machine barrel. He is having some neurological muscle trouble from being on such a tight chain, but after a few months recovering he is now in the same enclosure with Jou Jou, our resident kinkajou and they are so in love it is just precious to see. Take a look at youtube video and on facebook, Toucan Rescue Ranch to see them playing together!
Baby Natalie a tiny tiny newborn sloth has been with us for 2 months now and if finally getting along well, it was up and down several times, but now she is eating well and making good progress!
Stella came in recently from a road stop during Easter break. The wildlife dept. sets up road blocks to inspect cars for contraband, and they found little Stella poached away from her mother in the trunk of this man's car. Totally against the law to take wild animals from the forest.
For Stella it was a huge painful ordeal...when they took her out of the tree, or away from her mother they unfortunately pulled her legs and for several days she was unable to even move. With walking and climbing therapy she is doing really well!!!
Zoom Zoom and Flash, our Striped owl babies are now grown up and learning to hunt in this beautiful owl training center that we recently completed!!
Meet Armandillo!! He is a baby 9 banded armadillo that was saved from a severe dog attack. The first time I have raised an armadillo and I am learning all kinds of interesting facts about them!! His shell is still not hard, and is drinking a great formula that we make up daily for him...so cute!
Millie is 6 years old!!
Happy Birthday Millie!
Well that is a brief update!! It is really only the highlights, so much is happening here at The Toucan Rescue Ranch, we are updating Facebook weekly, so please sign up!
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And please check out our new website!! www.toucanrescueranch.org
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This lovely spectacled owl came in from the Caribbean coast. She was injured and someone found her and took her to the local police station. The days went by, shifts of different police came and went and they kept forgetting to call Minaet to pick her up.
She spent four days with no food or water, in pain and loosing her will to survive.
Finally someone remembered her and called. They went immediately to pick her up and drove her several hours to us.
We started fluid therapy right away since she was so dehydrated, my good friend Jenny from http://www.nativebirds.org/ was with me every step of the way via skype and e-mails! Thank You!!
We were not sure if she was going to survive, it was touch and go for a few days, I was up at 3am giving fluids and trying to get her to eat some food! She was a very good patient and cooperated.
She is doing so much better, she is now upright, much more active and has gained 100g. in just a week of being here. She has a head injury and fractured wing. The vet is coming up this weekend to check on her and see if we have to amputate her wing (I sure hope not!) and check to see if she has vision in her left eye.
Zoom Zoom and Flash are doing great, growing leaps and bounds! Proud parents are very attentive and doing a great job of caring for these young ones.
Lately I have been The Owl Rescue Ranch!
Are you looking to "Adopt" one of our beautiful birds, sloths or animals for the Holidays???
My niece was able to fund raise $200 to go towards these lovely baby owls, we are trying to raise $2000 to build a long flight training cage, so that we have an area to train owls and other birds for release. The cage would be built here on our property by the creek, which is like a mini rain forest. Is anyone willing to match this donation? Please help us out, we need just 9 people to match this initial donation to meet our goal.
As you can see, these babies are growing fast, we need to start construction right away!
I will be posting updates and some other "Adoption" ideas for the holidays.
We have a new Face Book page, so sign up! and you can also follow us on Twitter!! yes, I am getting help with all of this!!
And new website coming soon. Check out the links below.
Thank you all for your support!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We are very proud to announce our first breeding of Striped Owls.
The first chick hatched out two days ago and the second chick today. She had two fertile eggs. Mother and babies are doing just fine and the other owls in the enclosure come to visit, one is the proud Dad, but I have not figured out which of the two is the Dad!!
Striped owls are interesting because they nest on or close to the ground. This mom, has been sitting on her eggs for around 33 days.
They have already been "adopted" by my niece Mari and her friends. They recently ran a 5K race in honor of the Toucan Rescue Ranch, and asked at the time who they could adopt, they had come up with two names:
Flash and Zoom Zoom, so I said, well, we have this owl on eggs.....and sure enough they have hatched. Thank you team toucan so much!!
This has been an exciting few days!! We will be monitoring these babies closely, and will work with a biologist, and my great friend Jenny Papka of www.nativebirds.org
to see if we can eventually release these two owls right here at The Toucan Rescue Ranch.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Remember the three little toucans? Well they are growing up and are now outside in a nice large space and they are enjoying hopping and moving about. Rainy season is here and the other night they did sleep inside, it was just so miserable out I was worried about them!
Coco our squirrel has had some ups and downs....we released her and she went up into the tree and built this wonderful nest to sleep in. This was amazing, it was completely instinctual as she has been in captivity since she was very young. She was out for several days on her own coming back to visit daily for food and then one day she came back with a broken leg...Not sure how that happened, so we locked her up to limit the movement so that it would heal. Three weeks later we re-released her. She has been out for a month now, but with each visit we were noticing her severe lack of weight. She was not finding food in the wild. After being gone for three days in a row, she came back horrible weak and thin, so we once again put her back in her cage. I have noticed that she continues to have issues with her teeth and this is probably the reason she was losing weight, so we are waiting for Janet the vet to come visit.
Another new addition, Nati is a young fiery billed aracari who came into our program with a severely injured wing from being hit by a bus...she is recovering.
Ty is a little over one year now and enjoying time outside! He is sharing space with Georgie and soon will have a new enclosure for he and Twili to share.
This Mot Mot came into our rescue program from a neighbors house with this horribly broken wing. Janet was successful at amputating it and now he is a permanent resident in our new wonderful small bird flight.
In the last blog I talked about all the little birds in traps that we receive, well I had sixteen small cages in my office and had to look at these poor birds unable to even move around in their small traps.
So, we decided to build this flight, it cost $900 that we paid for, so if anyone can help us with this expense it would be greatly appreciated!! It is a worthy cause one you will feel good about, check this out...From this:
I spent a week in Fort Worth and Dallas visiting friends and giving some lectures about The Toucan Rescue Ranch! This is from a talk that I gave at Texas Wesleyan University. The students from there come to Costa Rica to learn Spanish and have volunteered with us.
I also toured the Fort Worth zoo, Oakridge school, who has adopted one of our owls, and learned about their programs,
and visited friends at the Dallas World Aquarium.
Richard and Victoria Henderson hosted me, drove me all over to my talks, shopping etc.
Did I say shopping? they were my taxi service and fed me gourmet meals!
They have generously given a donation for Ty and Twili's enclosure.
I was not used to sleeping so much! So I would get up early and every morning there were deer in their back yard! Plus we attended the same fund raiser dinner for the BRIT Botanical Research Institute of Texas that we attended with them last year, it was wonderful and my good friend Terrie flew in from Reno to attend the event with us. (some of these folks are visiting us in January!)
This was so much fun! I was greeted at the Oakridge School with this yummy toucan cake!! Thank you!!
Oakridge has sent us great care packages of items for our clinic and first aid emergency, they have adopted one of our owls and are planning a student trip to Costa Rica next spring! I have skyped to the classroom, so it was great to finally meet everyone in person! Their school mascot is the owl and they have beautiful owl art everywhere! I loved it!
I could sit in front of the flamingo pond at Dallas World Aquarium all day...it was great to see so many different animals.
My good friend Vet Cindy, took me to see this incredible Big Cat Sanctuary....http://www.insyncexotics.org I met Vicky, pictured here, one very brave lady who was receiving kisses from this huge lion! Their enclosures are incredible, with swimming pools for the tigers, and they do amazing work, check out their website.
Our new flight has it's residents! All the toucans seem to like the new enclosure, and although we don't like the walls that much, they seem to like them and are much calmer. Hopefully in the spring we will have babies for our release program.
Twili is One Year Old!
Happy Birthday dear little one, soon she will be out in her new enclosure with Ty.
Then we just need to find a sponsor for Anderson Sloths Enclosure Next in line!! If you would like information on this enclosure please write to me at email@example.com for details.
Abi and Kerry two film graduates from Boston where here at The Toucan Rescue Ranch living with us for a month while they filmed a short documentary! You can see a sample of what is to come here on youtube, Promo for the Toucan Rescue Ranch
They lived through some very tough times here....to be featured in the documentary, good and bad, sad and happy, that's reality.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We have been so fortunate to have had a busy summer. Lots of guests visiting the Bed and Breakfast and also lots of animals needing rescue. So, here goes the update!
Juvenile collared aracari came in from the Caribbean, flew into someones house! We quickly put another bird in his cage so that he would feel at home and settle in, it worked!
Another successful Release!! White tailed kite.
We had several windy days and this kite fell in between two houses in a small neighborhood nearby, he was here for several days recuperating and then we were able to release him down at the creek.
Our guests children all volunteering with sloth food preparation!
Prince our barred hawk caught another snake! We had a few minutes of panic, when we realised the snake was some sort of coral, but after we calmed down and remembered the rhyme, we figured out it was only a false coral and let him polish him off!!
Good friends Charles and Janie, our longest staying guests, 18 days!!! They became good friends, and we look forward to their next visit.
My family managed to all get together for a great reunion for my mother's 80th birthday!!
We had some old friends of theirs come to visit, hired a festive band and we all had a great time!
Here are some photos, my brother, his wife and three beautiful daughters, my sister came with her lovely daughter and my parents.
Baby Hanna slept during the party and sucks her fingers, just like Georgie!
Little three toed Andy after having a bath with vet Janet!
Take a look at this Sat. morning video!
Famous Father Jorge who runs a rescue home for hundreds of children came to visit with the head of the central valley Minaet/Sinac Jorge Hernandez. We had a whole group of folks here from the father's office...they would like to have the children care for some animals to encourage responsibility, understanding and love. Our first meeting of which I assume will be many :)
Biologist Landon Jones who is studying wild toucans in turrialba has come up several times with a volunteer who is here now to do seed retention trials with our toucans. By feeding them seeds and timing the duration of when the seed is regurgitated back up, they can determine the extent and role of toucans in the Rain forest with seed dispersal! This very dedicated young biologist feeds the toucans the seeds starting at 5:30am and sits in front of their enclosures for hours on end documenting everything...now I thought that I was patient.... this is beyond patience!!
Speaking of toucans....of course we have some new little ones. The ones in the top picture came in a week ago and just opened their eyes. A storm hit the tree where they were nesting and the tree fell down. A concerned farmer called the Minae office and they went to pick them up and drove them 4 hours to us. The second little one with feathers is once again one of the skinniest toucans I have received, has several health concerns because of the lack of food, was a bird destined for the black market pet trade....very sad.....speaking of which. This policeman showed up here today with these little song birds, also trapped heavily here in the rain forest by our house. We released one right here, but the others have been in captivity for years.
We are interested in building a large flight for all these song birds to get them out of their little tiny trap cages, it is really horrible, and very sad.
Our great friend and supporter Jerry Jennings, of Emerald Forest Bird Gardens. http://www.emeraldforestbirds.com/, made a very generous donation for this series of 6 flight cages for breeding toucan pairs, we are almost done with the construction. They have walls up so that they are not fighting with the other males. We still have to finish the enclosures and decorate with all natural vines and bromeliads from the farm!
Thank you Jerry for all your support and concern for the welfare for our toucans!
One of our recent guests, Terumi writes a blog, she had this great idea for fund raising, so take a look!
Finally, I am so happy to report that we are now a 501c3 non profit organization in the United States...still working on the paperwork for Costa Rica. This is an honor to have received this as it is becoming more difficult to obtain, especially in a foreign country since 911. This will help us with donations, and possible grants.
If you would like to contribute to our efforts please use the paypal feature on the website www.toucanrescueranch.com or please send a check to:
Secretary, Toucan Rescue Ranch
5974 Shadow Park Dr.
Reno, NV 89523
Some days I wish I was a sloth!
Thanks for all your support, people were writing to me asking if everything was OK since I had not posted a blog!!! Yes, Thank God, everything is fine...off to feed babies....
Oh, and next month several film graduates are coming to stay with us to film a documentary!
Should be interesting, will keep you posted.