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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

Message from Salve Monos (Save the Monkeys)

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

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter Edition no. 132

We felt it was important to pass on some information given to us by Karol Allard of Salve Monos in Playa Hermosa (Save the Monkeys) to everyone that might help save some monkey habitat and make it safer for them to live.  This is an article that was first published by the Nosara Refuge for Wildlife but it applies the same to our area.  Check out Salve Monos on their facebook page at facebook.com/SalveMonosHermosa or send them an email at salvemonosplayahermosa@gmail.com.  They really do a lot of work for the Monkeys and they always welcome volunteers and/or financial help.

Help Us Save Wildlife by Preserving Habitat & Reducing Deforestation

Wildlife, especially monkeys, use the trees to travel to and from feeding grounds. If even one tree is cut along their route, the natural tree bridge will be lost and the monkeys will be forced to find another way. This often means traveling along dangerous power lines and transformers or risking attacks from dogs or being hit by cars on the ground.

Pay attention to which trees are beneficial to wildlife and be mindful of cutting these important trees.

If you’re thinking about clearing your lot before selling or building, keep as many trees and plants as possible. Get an assessment of the types of trees on your property and leave mature trees and important food resources for wildlife.

Be careful where you plant new trees on your property. Planting a delicious papaya tree right under an uninsulated transformer or cable is sure to end in dozens of monkey deaths. If you’re planting trees that benefit wildlife, make sure they are away from power lines and transformers and in an area where they will not be harassed by domestic pets. Monkeys need a natural tree route that leads to these tasty trees otherwise they will risk their lives traveling on the ground or across wires. If you are reforesting a cleared area of land, plant fast-growing native trees and plants (not exotic, foreign species) that will provide shade, benefit wildlife and attract exotic birds and butterflies.

When designing your dream home, consider using an architect that will keep existing trees and habitat for animals. Moving your plans a few feet might save a 100 year old tree that provides essential food resources and habitat. Hire project managers and construction firms that care about wildlife and the environment. Many mature trees can be saved by simply instructing your crew to work around them.  Consider adding wildlife bridges for Monkeys and other animals.

Reprinted with permission from Refuge for Wildlife, Nosara, Costa Rica

 

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