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How we are Coping with Coronavirus

We are taking every precaution to keep our staff and wildlife safe. At Refuge for Wildlife, we already operate strict biosecurity measures to protect our wildlife and the veterinary staff and keepers caring for them. These protocols have now been increased to the highest level.

Already known to be susceptible to catching respiratory viruses from people, the Covid-19 pandemic could be a critical situation for our howler monkeys. We are justifiably concerned that our hard work to rehabilitate the howlers in our care could be diminished if a virus is introduced, so protection is key at this critical time. We have complete confidence in the expertise and dedication of our veterinary team and keepers, the animals at Refuge for Wildlife could not be in better hands. 

In addition to the above protocols, to help stop the spread of Covid-19, Refuge for Wildlife is not scheduling any educational visits at this time. Although our center will not be open to the public, we continue to be operational 24 hours to care for our wildlife. Our staff and full-time veterinarian are on duty to care for more than 70 injured and orphaned wildlife we are currently treating at our center. Our Wildlife Emergency Response Team is still available 24 hours a day by calling 8824 3323 if you encounter wildlife in need.

As many of you know, our educational visits are our main source of income and due to the closure of the center, we will experience a strain on our finances. We are dedicated to providing the very best care for our wildlife and If you are in a position to help us, please make a donation online:

We need your support now more than ever.



An appeal for help from Dr Francisco Sánchez Murillo and Catalina Aguilar at the Refuge For Wildlife.COVID-19 has caused a worrying strain on our financial resources. If you are in the position to, please make a donation so we can continue providing the very best care for the animals that need it the most. We cannot do it without you.

Posted by International Animal Rescue on Friday, April 17, 2020