Change is Coming Thankfully, the world has recently seen a change of attitude when it comes to tourism and wildlife. Due to many recent investigations exposing wildlife cruelty at centers where tourists can have a wildlife encounter, people are now more aware of the consequences of their actions. That’s not to say that it’s still not happening, but people are now realising the extreme […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Wildlife Selfies
Bernie was badly electrocuted in Playa Guiones in December 2016. He not only suffered from painful electrical burns, Bernie also caught on fire during the accident. Every year Refuge for Wildlife rescues hundreds of monkeys and other wildlife that have been electrocuted due to uninsulated power lines and transformers. Electrocution is the #1 killer of howler […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Bernie’s Rehabilitation and Release
In June 2017, Refuge for Wildlife rescued five infant white-nosed coati, locally known as “pizotes”. First we rescued Roxy, who was found alone without her mother. The next day another pizote was rescued, we named her Carrie and she became close friends with Roxy. Not long after that, we rescued three more pizotes called Jane, Judith and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Rescue & Release of Five Orphaned Pizotes
Han has been with us since late May when he was hit by a car and broke his femur and hip. We immediately took him to Nicoya for x-rays and discovered that the fracture was very bad and that the only way we could save Han’s leg was through an expensive surgery that was out or […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Han’s Rehabilitation and Release
Midnight was rescued from Los Arenales in March after he fell from electrical cables and hit his head. At our onsite clinic, Dr. Francisco Sánchez and Dr. Christine Nelson discovered that electrocution was the cause of Midnight’s fall. So in addition to treatment for blindness and muscle tremors caused by head trauma, Midnight was treated for electrical burns […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Midnight’s Story
On Sunday, February 25th 2018 from 11am to 3pm we will be holding our annual Refuge for Wildlife fundraiser at Harbor Reef in Nosara, Costa Rica. Each year, Refuge for Wildlife holds this event to raise much needed funds required to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wildlife. This year we will have live music, a small […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 2018 Annual Fundraiser – February 25th 2018
In late October, we rescued a baby howler monkey from the Delicious area after her was found by a local staff member crying on a low branch with no other monkeys around. He had been severely attacked by an alpha male so he was lucky to have been found so quickly. Like lions, when a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Gabriel’s Rehabilitation – Warning Graphic Images
Baby news! On Jan 8th at 7am we welcomed a new arrival at Refuge for Wildlife, a newborn howler monkey baby! We rescued an adult female about a month ago after she was attacked by an alpha male. Her face was essentially ripped off, her nasal cavities crushed and exposed, and her wounds were badly […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Injured Howler Gives Birth – Warning Graphic Images
In early November 2014, Vincent’s mother was electrocuted on an uninsulated transformer here in Guiones and unfortunately when she died, she slumped onto the live electrical current and Vincent was pinned against the transformer. A second female was also dead. Howler monkeys are very emotional animals and when one member of the troop is crying […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Vincent’s Rescue and Rehabilitation – Warning Graphic Images
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife fundraising calendars are here! Each calendar contains 16 months of beautiful photographs and stories about monkeys that we have rescued, rehabilitated and released. Printed on 11″x15.5″ heavy weight paper and wire bound, these high quality calendars cost only $20 or ₡10,000 each and 100% of all proceeds will go directly to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 2016-2017 Fundraising Calendar
Today was graduation day at Refuge For Wildlife for several of our orphaned howlers! We transferred eleven monkeys to SIBU Sanctuary where they will start a step-down release program! At SIBU Sanctuary, our orphaned monkeys will spend up to 2 years, depending on the age and abilities of the monkey, learning how to live in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 11 Monkeys “Graduate” from Refuge for Wildlife
By Matt Banes It’s 4:45 AM, the metal roof is clanking as the offshore winds whip across the local mountains and down through the Nosara beaches. A few roosters and dogs are chiming in and, to add to this jungle symphony, the Howler Monkeys are sounding off with their deep bellows. If you are smiling […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Howler Monkey Symphony – Now Playing at Dusk and Dawn
Here at Refuge for Wildlife our speciality is howler monkeys. Several are injured, electrocuted or orphaned each month, so the Refuge is filled with monkeys; we have at least 30 at all times. In addition to our specialty, we also rescue, rehabilitate and release other wild animals – from bats and owls to opossums and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Baby Pizotes Join the Refuge Family
Howler monkeys are always surprising us with just how intelligent they are! We’re starting to wonder if local monkeys are learning that Refuge for Wildlife is a safe haven for orphaned monkeys because the other day an adult male dropped off a baby! Brenda heard the distress cry of a baby howler, immediately went to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Howler Baby Dropped Off at Refuge by Father!!!
Costa Rica: One woman’s fight to save the country’s monkeys The growth of tourism in Costa Rica has been an economic plus but has taken an unforeseen toll on wildlife. Increased need for power means more electrical transformers, which have had a devastating effect on the country’s howler monkey population. Most of Costa Rica’s power […]Continue Reading... No Comments.