Diary - Howler Monkey Rescue
We are so happy to tell you that our partners at Refuge For Wildlife have successfully released five orphaned howler monkeys after years of rehabilitation!
Hendrix, Erick, Kenneth, Bianca and Priscilla are now able to live a life wild and free in the tall trees of Costa Rica, right where they belong.
This would not have been possible without your support. Because of you, each one of them were able to fully recover from the mental and physical trauma they had sustained at a very young age.
Ronny and Mama, two severely injured howler monkeys, have found love at the refuge for Wildlife in Costa Rica!
Ronny suffered severe burns after being electrocuted by uninsulated power-lines; one of the biggest problems that face wildlife in Costa Rica.
His injury was gruesome and it was the first time our partners at Refuge for Wildlife had ever seen an electrocution injury like it.
We weren’t sure on what the outcome would be, but this brave little monkey wasn’t willing to give up without a fight, and neither were our amazing team....
A huge thank you to everyone that donated to our Giving Tuesday appeal to provide hot water bottles for all the orphaned howler monkeys in our care!
Thanks to your generous support, we recently delivered lots of monkey hot water bottles to the sanctuary, which are now all being lovingly embraced by the rescued babies. The hot water bottles provide soothing comfort and warmth at a very upsetting time for these orphaned monkeys.
The photos below show baby Liza with her brand new hot water bottle. It is providing the round the clock warmth and...
Erick is a young howler monkey, currently being cared for at the refuge for wildlife in Costa Rica.
The rescue team found him alone in the wild with several broken fingers. It is not clear how this tiny monkey ended up all alone and injured but it is likely his mother died from a fall, with Erick clinging on to her back.
In spite of his difficult start in life, Erick is making a brilliant recovery at the refuge. His index finger is still a little crooked but that doesn’t stop climbing around and enjoying plenty of treats. This young...
Heath arrived at our rescue centre back in April 2016. He had been living his life as a pet, and had picked up many bad habits, such as sitting on people’s heads!
At the age of 4 years old, he was very old to start the rehabilitation program. When the howlers are 1.5 years old, we limit human interaction to only veterinary care, and then start to prepare them for the release process at around 2 – 2.5 years old. This age is considered the optimal age for howlers to detach from humans and start living ‘wild’.
When Heath arrived he was very...
This is Esmeralda.
She was rescued by our partners, Refuge For Wildlife, 11 months ago after her mother was electrocuted and killed by an uninsulated power transformer.
As she was clinging onto the back of her mother when it happened, this poor baby received serious burns to her face, tail, feet, back and hands.
Several fingers were also burned to the point where they had to be amputated, despite our vet’s best efforts to save them.
Esmeralda had to endure a lot of pain at such a young age, and it is truly a miracle that she managed...
Meet Bianca, another beautiful howler monkey that has become a victim of uninsulated power lines in Costa Rica. She was rescued by our partners, Refuge for Wildlife, in November last year after her mother had been killed by a power transformer.
Bianca is very lucky to be alive. Her mother had absorbed most of the electrical current from the transformer; since Bianca was being carried on her back, she immediately received burns to her fingers. Most howler monkeys are rescued in a far worse condition, so it is truly a miracle that Bianca managed to...
Owen is a tiny howler monkey that managed to fight his way back from the brink of death. After being very badly electrocuted by uninsulated power lines in Costa Rica, he was rushed to the rehabilitation centre where our partners, Refuge for Wildlife, began immediate life-saving treatment.
The muscles in his left leg and foot had been damaged beyond repair. The vets discovered that his leg tissue was necrotic, meaning amputation of the leg was the only way this beautiful monkey could avoid complications from septicaemia.
We also had to amputate...
We have just received a report from our partners at Refuge for Wildlife that we are now supporting the care of 36 howlers monkeys – 29 of which are young orphans! The young orphans will be cared for at the nursery facilities available at the rehabilitation centre. The older monkeys will be cared for in the pre-release enclosures. A few of the monkeys will be unsuitable for release due to their previous lives as pets, so they will instead be provided with comfortable, long term residency for the rest of their days. Some of the howler monkeys coming to the...