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Costa Rica Wildlife Veterinarian

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Costa Rica Wildlife Veterinarian

Our friend Karol Allard from the Salve Monos project here in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste brought to our attention the amazing work being done by Wildlife Veterinarian Doctor Irena Villalobos Hoffmann.  Yes you heard that right – A WILDLIFE Vet. 

wildlife veterinarian Irena Villalobos

Doctor Irena founded SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, Guanacaste.  SIBU’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, orphaned and displaced Costa Rican wildlife, specializing in Golden Mantled Howler Monkeys.  It is a legally sanctioned Costa Rican Non-Profit organization that receives no government funding.

If you are interested in visiting SIBU or finding out more about their programs go to their webpage and you can reserve a visit.  We can probably all agree that at some point when you think of Costa Rica you think of the wildlife.  It is great to see someone putting in the hard work as a wildlife veterinarian to help out what would otherwise be forgotten wildlife.

So now it comes to the reason behind writing this newsletter.  Karol Allard is in constant communication with Doctor Irena with her work here in Playa Hermosa for Salve Monos and she found out the Doctor Irena had her car stolen.  Obviously she needs a car to get around and do her work as a wildlife veterinarian and as you can imagine this line of work does not pay very well and the Sanctuary is trying to raise money for their programs and there is no budget for a car for Doctor Irena.

Karol had the great idea of creating a GoFundMe campaign for the purchase of a car for Doctor Irena.  The goal is raise $8,000 – which will not buy a new car in Costa Rica by any means but will get something decent that will work for the purpose.  So please have a look at the GoFundMe campaign here and donate if you can.  We would really appreciate it.

Thanks for all your support.  It does make a difference.

Michael Simons

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Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 139

Save the Costa Rica Monkeys – Salve Monos

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Newsletters

Save The Costa Rica Monkeys

Save the Costa Rica Monkeys

Our Guest Blog today is with Karol Allard and Michael Cushman.  They have been coming down to Costa Rica for years and finally in 2003 purchased a property in Playa Hermosa.

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They built their dream home using a local builder Mike Brussock of Adobe Construction.  The building process went rather smooth and they have now enjoyed many years in Playa Hermosa, becoming a fixture of the community and getting involved in various community projects.

Michael is just plain super relaxed and the self proclaimed “Tide Monitor” of Playa Hermosa.  Those of you who have met him know there are many layers under his easy going, humorous demeanor.

They have taken it upon themselves to fund the private tutoring of needy local children which has shown great results.

Karol serves as a board member on the Association of Playa Hermosa Residents but her real passion is the Salve Monos, a project to save Costa Rica monkeys.

Salve Monos was created to try and reduce or eliminate Monkeys from being electrocuted as they travel from one feeding ground to another.

This coming Thursday January 16th Salve Monos will hold its 3rd Annual Drumming Circle.  Check back on Friday for a video of the Drumming Circle.  

COME AND PARTICIPATE OR JUST HAVE FUN – It is on the First Entrance to Playa Hermosa on the Beach from 4:30-6:30.

For More information about Salve Monos and how you can help save Costa Rica monkeys, check out their Facebook page at:

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Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 38

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