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How You Can Help Stop the Shocks

Help Us Rescue

If you encounter wildlife being electrocuted, call Refuge for Wildlife immediately to report a Wildlife Emergency  8824-3323. NEVER try to rescue a wild animal and NEVER try to knock a monkey off wires or transformers with anything – you risk being electrocuted. Follow our guideline on WHAT TO DO IN A WILDLIFE EMERGENCY.

Report Wildlife Deaths

Reporting  a wildlife death is very important so we have accurate information on “hot spot” locations.  If you do not report the incident, no one will know that there is a problem in that location and more animals will be injured.

If you find a dead monkey near the side of the road, it was probably hit by a car or electrocuted from overhead cables/transformers. This problem can be solved by installing rope bridges, trimming tree branches and insulating electrical distribution.

Please call Refuge for Wildlife 8824-3323 or email info@refugeforwildlife.org to report the incident, tell us the location and what happened. If the animal was found underneath power lines, please let us know the number of the nearest electrical pole so we can inspect it.  If possible, take photographs to help our team quickly identify the problem and find suitable solutions.

Help Us Insulate Transformers

There is currently no law that requires anyone to insulate transformers and power lines and there is no company or government agency that monitors power lines and transformers or installs equipment to ensure wildlife safety.

Each transformers is different, with different components and different lengths of cable that need to be insulated. Because of this, each transformer needs to be individually inspected by and a quote obtained by our distributor, CFS Sistemas who provides wildlife protection equipment from MidSun in the USA. The average cost to insulate a household transformer ranges from $250-$550 USD with the average high voltage commercial transformer costing $950-$1500USD to insulate. If you would like our team to help you to insulate your transformer, please contact us via email: info@refugeforwildlife.org.

Learn everything you need to know about INSULATING YOUR TRANSFORMERS AND POWER LINES.

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Monitor Transformers and Power Lines

Help us by inspecting the transformers and power lines in your area.  Check that wildlife protection equipment is still safely attached (sometimes components come loose in the wind or when animals continually travel on them). If you notice a piece of wildlife protection equipment has come loose, is damaged, or missing, call Refuge for Wildlife or ICE and report the problem.

Only ICE can safely install and repair wildlife protection equipment. NEVER attempt this yourself – you WILL be electrocuted.

Unsure what uninsulated and insulated transformers and power lines look like? Learn everything you need to know about INSULATING YOUR TRANSFORMERS AND POWER LINES.

Tree grow quickly in Costa Rica and branches must be safely trimmed back from electrical distribution by ICE. If tree branches are not trimmed, arboreal wildlife will have easy access to electrical cables and risk electrocution. Help us by monitoring trees near power lines and transformers and make sure branches are not close the wires. Always call ICE and ask them to trim the trees back from power lines and transformers near your home.  Power lines are very dangerous – never attempt to trim branches yourself – you risk being killed by electrocution. Only ICE can trim tree branches near power lines.

Preserve Wildlife Habitat & Reduce 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 is sure to end in dozens of monkey deaths. If you’re planting trees that benefit the animals, make sure they are away from power lines and transformers and in an area where they will not be harassed by dogs. 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’re 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.