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Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

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Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

NOSARA WILDLIFE RESCUE, Rescues, Rehabilitates and Releases back into the wild injured and orphaned Howler Monkeys and other arboreal wildlife. They offer private tours of their facilities with a required reservation at least 48 hours in advance. These facilities are top notch and state of the art with the physical and psychological well being of the animals the top priority. A $50 donation per person is required. Although not cheap, it's reassuring to know that 100% of this donation goes directly to the quality care these animals obviously receive.

Nosara Wildlife Rescue consists of the Refugio Animales de Nosara where the injured and orphaned Howler Monkeys and other animals are received and given life care. When well enough and old enough, they are transfered to SIBU Sanctuary where they enter the Step Down Release Program designed to reintegrate these animals back into the wild. Both organizations are referred to as Nosara Wildlife Rescue and work together in all aspects of saving Costa Rica's wildlife.

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1. Re: Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

Can you tell us where it is located. Do they have a website?

As for the $50 donation ... they might be better off to charge $10, as some others do, and get more people coming through who might then be willing to come up with an extra donation if they are impressed with the facility. $50 is a lot.

Anyway, glad someone is doing this in the Nosara area. Thanks for letting us know.

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2. Re: Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

The rescue / rehab organization, Refugio Animales de Nosara, is located in what is called the "American Project".

SIBU Sanctuary, where the Step Down Release Program is operating is 3/4 mile past the Santa Marta soccer field which is just on the other side of the Rio Nosara.

Yes, $50 is a lot, but it's designed for minimum traffic.

the web site is: www.nosarawildlife.com

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3. Re: Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

Thanks for the website -- now, another question. What do you mean by "designed for minimum traffic"?

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Well, it's always a tough decision to allow people into a Sanctuary that is working on the reintegration of animals back into the wild. Best case scenario is to put on monkey costumes so these primates never see a human. Not very realistic. Human imprinting is always a possibility when caring for orphaned or injured infants, sometimes only weeks old who have lost their mothers. Surrogate Moms (humans) provide the necessary link to necessitate survival. Once these infants reach a mentally and physically mature and competitive stage for the wild, they are then candidates for release. The more human contact, possibly the more difficult the reintegration process. But to cover operational expensed, the NWR needs to augment private donations by receiving guests on a limited basis, hence "minimum traffic". Best case scenario is to be funded by an "out of country" corporation doing business here in Costa Rica for the obvious $$ advantages. They receive their benefits, but also invest in this country, too.

Did that answer your question?

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5. Re: Monkeys - Up Close and Personal at Nosara Wildlife Rescue !

Yes, jungalow, thanks very much.

Having done wildlife rehabilitation, I perfectly understand the need to keep "wild" animals "wild." We did various things to help with that, such as lining the cages with palm fronds so that people could come in but the animals didn't see much of them - and it was natural material. Of course, we didn't have large groups traipsing through and people were strongly cautioned not to talk and not to move quickly.

Perhaps there are other solutions to the problem rather than just charging $50 so that only an "elite" of people get to visit. Just my suggestion......

Sounds like a well-done and well-thought out place. Money is always an issue. I gave up rehabilitation when I had to decide whether to feed myself or the animals in my care. Literally. Many people think that wildlife rehabilitation centers such as this one are funded by some sort of government but they are not. They all depend on donations of one sort or another. Perhaps the Nosara Wildlife Rescue can get a grant from a wildlife organization -- I am sure someone there is working on this!

Best of luck to them and great to have people doing this in that area.

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