Author Archives: Laura Wilkinson

  • Rodrigo’s Rehab & Release

    Posted on April 24, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Rehabilitation, Releases, Rescues.

    Rodrigo is a juvenile tamandua mexicana (northern tamandua) who was rescued after he wandered into a home in Ostional. We do not know what happened to his mother, but it’s clear that he got a little lost because tamanduas are arboreal and spend most of their time in trees, not houses. Rodrigo joined us in January 2018 and […]

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  • Ronny’s Electrocution Rehabilitation – Warning Graphic Images

    Posted on April 23, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Electrocutions, Injuries, Rehabilitation.

    Ronny has been with us since early 2017 after he was severely electrocuted by uninsulated power lines. Unfortunately most of Ronny’s burns were on his face. And the injury was gruesome. It was the first time we have ever seen an electrocution injury like this. Although the burns looked very bad, Ronny behaved normally. He ate very […]

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  • Owen’s Electrocution Rehabilitation

    Posted on April 22, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Uncategorized.

    Owen has been through a lot and he almost died because of his injuries. He was very badly electrocuted and needed extensive care in our clinic. The muscle on his left leg and foot was damaged beyond repair – the tissue was necrotic and the skin had peeled off the foot. Amputation of the leg was needed to save […]

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  • Protected: Monkey Electrocutions

    Posted on April 8, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Uncategorized.

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  • Wildlife Selfies

    Posted on January 26, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Education.

    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 […]

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  • Bernie’s Rehabilitation and Release

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Injuries, Rehabilitation, Releases.

    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 […]

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  • Rescue & Release of Five Orphaned Pizotes

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Orphans, Rehabilitation, Releases.

    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 […]

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  • Han’s Rehabilitation and Release

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Injuries, Rehabilitation.

    Han was rescue in late May 2017 when he was hit by a car and broke his femur and hip. It was clear to us that his leg was broken, but there was no way of knowing what the correct treatment would be because we needed to get an x-ray first. Without it, we would not have enough details […]

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  • Midnight’s Story

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Rehabilitation, Releases, Rescues.

    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 […]

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  • 2018 Annual Fundraiser – February 25th 2018

    Posted on January 17, 2018 by Laura Wilkinson in Fundraising.

    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 […]

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  • 2017 Annual Fundraiser

    Posted on February 5, 2017 by Laura Wilkinson in Fundraising.

    On February 4th 2017 we held our annual Refuge for Wildlife fundraiser at Harbor Reef in Nosara, Costa Rica. We were thrilled by the turnout from our supportive community here in Nosara and also the many people who joined us from Tamarindo, Marbella and Samara. Each year, Refuge for Wildlife holds this event to raise much needed […]

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  • Partnership with International Animal Rescue

    Posted on January 25, 2017 by Laura Wilkinson in Fundraising.

    Refuge for Wildlife is thrilled to be partnering with International Animal Rescue (IAR), a world-renowned non-profit organisation that  is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of suffering animals around the world. Their mission is to return wild animals to their natural environment wherever possible, but they also provide a permanent home for animals that can no longer […]

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  • Want To Hold A Monkey?

    Posted on November 12, 2016 by Laura Wilkinson in Education.

    Many visitors might be disappointed to learn that at Refuge for Wildlife we do not allow visitors to hold monkeys. Although you can get pretty close to some of the animals at the Refuge, you will not get to hold a baby monkey. Here’s why… THE PROBLEM WITH ANIMAL TOURISM There are many zoos, rescue centres, marine parks […]

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  • Stop the Shocks – Insulating Transformers and Power Lines

    Posted on May 28, 2016 by Laura Wilkinson in Education, Electrocutions, Fundraising.

    Electrocution Is The #1 Killer Of Howler Monkeys In Costa Rica How Are They Being Electrocuted? By touching TWO (or more) uninsulated power lines at the same time. By touching the hot clamp, cables, fuse cutout, lightning arrestor, primary input (bushings), or secondary output (terminals and wires) on uninsulated power transformers. What Types of Injures Are Caused By Electrocution? […]

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  • Refuge for Wildlife and ICE Work Together to “Stop the Shocks”

    Posted on May 4, 2016 by Laura Wilkinson in Electrocutions, Fundraising.

    On Tuesday May 3rd 2016, ICE installed several wildlife protection kits along the main road of Playa Guiones for the Nosara “Stop the Shocks” Program. Refuge for Wildlife purchased these kits through donations from the public and a generous grant received several months ago. Lisa Foley and Thierry, Mael & Martine Von Der Weid donated […]

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