Animal Planet Doc, Toucan Nation, a Bird Stops Animal Cruelty

Rebuilding Grecio's beak

Rebuilding Grecio’s beak

The Story of the Toucan who ignited a global Movement for animal welfare August 24nd at 10pm et/pt

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 8/1/2016 – “It gives me hope when I see people who believe they can change the world and take it upon themselves to right a wrong, through technology, activism and the law,” says Toucan Nation director Paula Heredia “Animal Planet is a great home for this film.”

“What happened to this beautiful bird was horrific,” says Animal Planet EVP of Documentaries and Specials John Hoffman,. “But this atrocity inspired people to work together to save an animal’s life. We are proud to present this moving story and hope it sparks a larger conversation about animal welfare.”

Grecia, a toucan living in Costa Rica was abused. Animal rescuers and veterinarians seek to replace the damaged beak after half of it was torn from is face. That abuse sparked outrage around the world and inspired a national animal welfare campaign. Due to the public outcry Costa Ricans rally to implement penalties for animal cruelty.

Directed by Prime Time Emmy-winning filmmaker Paula Heredia (In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01), Toucan Nation chronicles Grecia’s journey He’s taken to eZooaveanimal refuge center. Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems, is considered the father of 3D printing, he collaborates with a group of Costa Rican product designers, dentists and engineers to design and construction Grecia’s prosthetic beak.

Toucan Nation shows that laws to protect animals can be made. Activists and children created a pettion for Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís to bring the Animal Welfare bill in front of Congress.

Toucan Nation is presented in association with Humane Society International and H/3 Foundation.

Toucan Nation is produced for Animal Planet by Heredia Pictures. Paula Heredia is the film’s director. For H/3 Foundation, Spencer B. Haber serves as executive producer. For Animal Planet, John Hoffman is executive producer and Alexandra Moss is the film’s supervising producer. Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel EVP Documentaries and Specials is John Hoffman.

Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the U.S, Animal Planet is a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications. Discovery reaches 3 billion viewers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery Education is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks.

Founded by Spencer Haber in 2014, the H/3 Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to identifying and combating the fundamental causes of animal suffering.

For more than 25 years, Humane Society International has been protecting animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programs around the globe.

Twitter: @AnimalPlanet,

One Comment
  1. I was crushed to hear about the Toucan bird Grecia. Hoping they will find the person who did this horiffic thing to this beautiful bird. It is wonderful to hear a team of doctors will be able to rebuild Grecia’s beak. I am wishing all the best of luck. Even though it can’t live in the wild it will be able to live and have a normal and good life.

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