This is our presentation at the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration.

June 11, 2022

A workshop about ecosystems using the enquiry method

On June 8th, we had the pleasure of organizing a workshop with the local environmental women’s group AGRICOP. Their goal: transforming a hectare of their land into a showpiece for regenerative agriculture. We are constantly exploring new ways to get people interested about the countless upsides of regenerative agriculture. Rather than simply giving a lecture…

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March 17, 2022

UC Davis researchers visit the Refugio

At the Refugio, we constantly strive to connect with researchers and practitioners from diverse fields related to ecosystem restoration. We have been particularly honored to host the professors Dr. Jenella Loye and Dr. Scott Carroll, two entomologists and evolutionary ecologists at the University of California, Davis at the Refugio.  Dr. Loye and Dr. Carroll pioneered…

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February 28, 2022

The return of the masked duck (Nomonyx dominicus)

We are excited to announce that a new animal species found a new habitat in the Refugio: the masked duck (Nomonyx dominicus), a reclusive and rarely seen diving duck of the tropical lowlands. They feed at night and during the day one can see them sleeping on the pond never far from the shore. They…

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February 1, 2022

Read Alexander’s interview with Stanford University’s MAHB

Following a series of enriching conversations between Geoffrey Holland of Stanford University’s Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) and Alexander, the interview “Refugio Tinti: Reflections of Nature’s Design” has now been published. You can read it here to learn more about the Refugio’s path from wasteland to sanctuary, Alexander’s views of the challenges…

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January 15, 2022

Appearance of the neotropical river otter (Lutra longicaudus) in the Refugio

Exciting news: for the first time since our arrival 5 years ago, we can announce the sighting of a mother with two cubs of the neotropical river otter, another species threatened by extinction that found a new habitat in the Refugio and even produced offspring. River otters have been brought to the brink of extinction…

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August 18, 2021

Endangered big cats captured on camera traps at the Refugio Tinti

Being a wildlife sanctuary and having the goal to create habitats for as many animal species as possible, sightings of new species are always an exciting event. The University of Costa Rica is monitoring the animal species living at the Refugio with camera traps. This time the ‘harvest’ was particularly exciting: besides the usual peccaries,…

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July 9, 2021

Refugio Tinti joins the global restoration network Restor

In April 2021 the Refugio Tinti became member of Restor, the world’s largest network for restoration projects. Restor ( was announced in October 2020 by Thomas Crowther from the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich, a leading reserach university in Switzlerland. It serves as a hub for restoration, connecting people to scientific data, suply chains, funding…

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June 19, 2021

Refugio Tinti at the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

We are honored to have been invited by the Society for Ecological Restoration ( to hold a video presentation of the Refugio, titled ‘A Systemic Approach to Conservation’, at the occasion of their 9th World Conference in June 2021. The whole conference as well as the presentation was a great success and a vital step…

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June 3, 2021

Refugio Tinti launches tree nursery for endangered species

As members of the biological corridor AMISTOSA we are committed to significantly contributing to their reforestation efforts. At the Refugio, we are maintaining a greenhouse for up to 10,000 tree seedlings focussing on species threatened by extinction. Finding and collecting such species is a highly specialized job for which we are working with trained specialists….

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May 27, 2021

Refugio Tinti is part of the biological corridor AMISTOSA

Biolological corridors are forested pathways through which animals can pass from one protected area, such as a national park, to another. This not only widens the size of habitats but also minimizes inbreeding and therefore significantly increases the chances for survival for many species. The government of Costa Rica initiated an ambitous program of installing…

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