Noticias / News

Firefighters Bring Injured Monkey

On the evening of May 12, 2017 firefighters or “bomberos” brought an injured white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus imitator) to NATUWA. The adult female had been electrocuted by powerlines.

Unfortunately this happens often, due to human development in areas in which these animals are found. In a country such as Costa Rica, home to nearly 4% of the total estimated species in the world, human activity can have a devistating effect on the natural balance of the ecosystem. For monkeys, powerlines appear to be a vine or branch that can be used to swing on, often killing or injuring the monkey, therefore negatively impacting the population. For humans, powerlines deliver electricity to homes, powering people’s lives, therefore positively impacting the population. Monkeys have not yet adapted to the innovations of human life, but at the same time humans have not yet adapted to live within the means of the natural world.

Sadly, this monkey could not be rehabilitated and had to be put to sleep in order for its suffering to end.

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Gracias Ramapo College of New Jersey!

Thank you Ramapo College of New Jersey students for your help at NATUWA this week!!

The students had a blast while escaping the cold and helping NATUWA with various projects around the sanctuary. Students were able to assist with maintenance projects, participate in planting papaya trees, and with creating environmental enrichment for the macaws, all while learning about conservation and about the work of the sanctuary. After work hours, students participated in cultural activities such as Spanish classes, dancing lessons, played card games (en español), and even took a trip to the local pulpería!Students were able to enjoy a day off and explore Costa Rica by visiting the Tárcoles River where they learned about crocodiles and various species of birds. Students also enjoyed a trip to Vista Los Sueños and participated in zip lining through the rainforest canopy. Afterwards, they enjoyed a few hours relaxing on playa Jacó.

This group was a pleasure to work with as they always brought their motivation, smiles, and great attitudes to work everyday! Thank you all for your service and for making a difference in the lives of the people and the animals of NATUWA!

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Zaino (Pecari tajacu)

Officials of the SINAC, enter a female zaino that was confiscated next to a female tepezcuintle, both animals were ready to be consumed as food by the human being.

Now in the Sanctuary will receive all the necessary attention to live in environments full of vegetation and out of danger, away from those who want to use them as food.

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Tepescuintle Cuniculus paca

Officials of SINAC of the Carara National Park enter into the NATUWA Sanctuary a tepezcuintle (Cuniculus paca) female.

This was rescued from the hands of the hunters, was ready to be sold to the highest bidder to be used as food. The rodent has an injury on one of its hind legs and is being evaluated to rule out a possible fracture, waiting for x-rays.

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Breeding of scarlet macaws in artificial nests.

In this year 2016, the macaws (Ara macao) of the NATUWA Sanctuary perform a great breeding task, ten young chicks are almost ready to leave their artificial nests and take flight with their parents.

Unfortunately, deforestation contributes to the loss of natural nests. Artificial nests are installed on top of trees to be used by the limpets as an alternative, although they prefer to make use of the hollows provided by nature in palm trees, ash trees, guanacaste and others.

Environmental education in the community of Aranjuez, Pitahaya and others is vital for these young macaws to continue their natural process of adaptation to the environment. They are proudly being protected by these communities.

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Cotorra (Amazona albifrons)

A juvenile of Cotorra (Amazona albifrons) entered the sanctuary of NATUWA parrots. This one was found by a person in the Center of Puntarenas and taken to the Coast Guard, the same one transferred it to the Sanctuary where it will receive the attention necessary to be released.
It has the feathers of the wings cut, presents a very wild behavior, is not domesticated, which increases the possibilities of being able to integrate back to its natural environment, from which it never had to be extracted.


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Northern Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

NATUWA Sanctuary welcomed a Northern Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), who has an injury to his right wing and can not fly. SINAC officials came to help the bird, after someone reported seeing the bird in the vicinity of the road on the bridge of Puntarenas Canyon.

The bird has a high chance of being released and hopefully you will soon start his flight after a rehabilitation process in the Sanctuary NATUWA.

Update: The caracara was liberated on 22/05/16


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Racoon ( Procyon Procyon )

A Raccoon was brought to the Macaw Sanctuary NATUWA by the Puntarenas security forces.

The animal was tied with a leash around its neck. It’s captors did not perceive that the leash was causing harm, when in fact it produced very deep wounds.

The raccoon will be released as soon as its wounds heal. Raccoon can present very aggressive behavior toward humans, for obvious reasons.


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White-faced monkey ( Cebus imitator )

On April 18 arrived a white-faced monkey (Cebus imitator), by officials of SINAC. The animal was the victim of humans who kidnapped it from the forest for use as a pet.

Monkeys raised in our homes as pets become a terrible problem. They are animals that should be allowed to utilize their natural behaviors in the forest and not be surrounded by humans. In addition, they could be carriers of some kind of contagious disease and parasites affecting our families.

Humans commit the action of removing animals from their natural environments to indulge in selfish pursuits. Now the monkey may have to live the rest of his life caged.


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