Directed by primetime Emmy-winning filmmaker Paula Heredia ("In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01"), the series chronicles each step of the journey as the Zooaveanimal refuge center works to improve Grecia's life. The film includes Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems, known as the father of 3D printing, who collaborates with a group of Costa Rican product designers, dentists and engineers on the best design and construction for Grecia's prosthetic beak.
Motivated by the notion that every life — whether animal or human — is inherently valuable and must be protected, school children and a committed group of animal rights activists wage a battle to highlight animal cruelty in their country and transform the penal code. The series showcases both the children and the activists as they create a petition for Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís to bring the Animal Welfare bill in front of Congress.
"Toucan Nation" is produced for Animal Planet by Heredia Pictures where Paula Heredia serves as the film's director. The series is presented in association with Humane Society International and H/3 Foundation, for which Spencer B. Haber serves as executive producer. For Animal Planet, John Hoffman is executive producer and Alexandra Moss is the film's supervising producer.