Costa Rica: the Rich Coast, the gem of Central America and the “greenest” most eco- conscience country on earth. These are all great things and Costa Rica is setting the the “Eco-bar” for other countries and generations to come. This is one of the main reasons so many of us have moved here, own property here and choose to vacation here, but as always with growth and development there is a flip side. So, as Costa Rica has grown to become the model of environmental stewardship and number one destination for eco-tourisim, the indigenous and unique wildlife is actually suffering. This is tragically ironic, especially since so many people are drawn here because of the abundant wildlife and fauna. Unfortunately, it is a rough time right now for the animals here, and especially the Howler Monkeys. Between 1995 and 2007, Costa Rica lost HALF of its monkey population! Most of these deaths were from electrocution caused by the unshielded power lines that are in place all over the country. So, change in the power industry policy and practices are needed right now. Nosara Wildlife is comprised of two organizations: Refugio Animales de Nosara and Sibu Sanctuary, and their main goal is to stop this trend and convince the Costa Rican electric company (ICE) to start requiring mandatory shielding and/or burial of electrical lines.
Nosara Wildlife Rescue Mission Statement:
“The Refugio Animales de Nosara and Sibu Sanctuary share a common mission: to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild. Animals unlikely to survive in the wild receive attentive, long-term care. We are also educators and advocates who work cooperatively with other organizations to encourage respect for animals’ lives and preservation of their habitat. Our work is complementary, but different.”
The Refugio Animales de Nosara is run by Brenda Bombard. Brenda has a refuge at her home here in Guiones, and it is here where she rehabilitates all the rescued animals that are brought to her. They provide immediate and ongoing medical attention and feed, house and treat the animals in a safe environment. The rehabilitation efforts are performed in conjunction with veterinary and wildlife experts. Brenda and Refugio Animales de Nosara also go to great lengths to improve the situation here for our native wild animals by working closely with ICE, Costa Rica’s electric company to help prevent electrocutions. Refugio Animales de Nosara has grown and expanded year after year and currently they are developing a new clinic to improve response time for treatment.
As outlined above in their mission statement, the Refugio Animales de Nosara works very closely with Sibu Sactuary and their work compliments each others. Sibu Sanctuary is run by Steve and Vicki Coan and is a step-down release center for orphaned and injured animals. The overall, long-term goal of Sibu is to place the animals in the best situation available to facilitate later reintroduction into their natural environment. So, after the animals are rescued, rehabilitated and stabilized by Refugio Animales de Nosara they are transfered to Steve and Vicki at Sibu where they are placed in enclosed habitats within the jungle to reintroduce them to their natural setting. Once the animals are ready, Steve and Vicki transition the animals, once again, to a step-down, secure habitat with an open canopy, enabling them to start experiencing normal life again. Once the animals are healthy, they are set free to survive on their own again back in the wild.
Brenda, Steve and Vicki also strive hard to promote the appreciation of wildlife as an invaluable and irreplaceable asset to the community. They continually do this by educating the local community, its residents, visitors, builders, property manages, realtors and homeowners about the dangers and consequences of unshielded power lines and keeping the trees trimmed around the lines. To learn more about this “Call to Action”, please visit: http://www.nosarawildlife.com/call_to_action.htmlcall_to_action.html.
Also, if you own a home or business here in Nosara or are thinking about buying/building here, please read this to find out the small considerations and actions you can take to help keep the monkeys and other animals out of harm’s way: http://www.nosarawildlife.com/prospective_homeowners.html.
Help is needed for these issues now, so be sure to mark your calendars this Friday for the 2nd Annual Save the Howler Monkeys Fundraiser & Live Auction. All proceeds will benefit Nosara Wildlife Rescue. For more information on this event please go to: http://www.nosaraweb.com/SaveTheHowlerMonkeysAuction.html. If you can’t make it to this great event you may bid for auction items online and/or you can also make a U.S. Tax Exempt donation, visit http://www.nosarawildlife.com/donate.html for more details. We will update you following the auction and fundraiser to let you know how everything went this year, and how much money was raised for Nosara Wildlife Rescue.
For more information about Nosara Wildlife Rescue and Refugio Animales de Nosara please visit their website at: www.nosarawildlife.com And, to learn more about Steve and Vicki Coan and what they are doing at Sibu Sanctuary, check out: http://www.sibujungalows.com/sibu_sanctuary.html.
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