Unfortunately, I felt disappointed with this refuge as the lad that showed us around seemed reluctant to tell us much information about the animals and was persistently texting on his phone! We had to keep asking questions to find out any information about the animals and when I did ask, everything seemed rather vague. I was also shocked that he turned on the hose pipe to presumably scare the monkey back into its cage, as the monkey already appeared to be in a distressed state.
When I asked if they thought the spider monkey (which he said had already been there 3 years) could ever be re-released into the wild, he simply replied 'I dunno, we'd have to think about it'. I was surprised that he didn't express more knowledge about the rehabilitation of the animals.
I thought that perhaps it was because we came on a Sunday, which seems to be a big day for expats to enjoy a beer and some live music (in their beautifully painted bar!) but my friend had called in the week to confirm that we'd be ok to visit on Sunday, so I had expected a willing member of staff to share the animals' stories with us.
It would also have been nice to meet the owners of the refuge and hear a little more about the history and how they work with the animals to rehabilitate them. Considering all the excellent reviews, I'm hoping we just came on an 'off day'!
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