In rural areas of Costa Rica, hundreds of howler monkeys lose their lives every year. The leading cause for this may seem atypical – these beautiful animals are getting electrocuted on uninsulated power lines and transformers. While searching for food, monkeys can’t distinguish electrical wires from natural vines and they tend to climb and use these harmful wires for traveling to feeding grounds. At that point, the monkeys are just a step away from a tragedy – that is, touching a live wire and suffering an electric shock. Most of the animals who survive such incidents are baby monkeys who were clinging to their mothers when they were electrocuted.
Thankfully, there are many people trying to help. Recently, International Animal Rescue gave their support to a howler monkey rescue project Refuge for Wildlife in Costa Rica. The organization will help the cause by contributing funds as well as spreading awareness and knowledge for the project and the team’s work. Thanks to the rescue project, many of these amazing animals will receive medical treatment and will be released back into the wild.
The Refuge’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals who have suffered injuries or been orphaned by powerlines.
Baby howler monkeys are often seriously burnt, especially on their hands. Needless to say, loss of the mother is also a source of severe trauma for them.
The vets and other members of the Refuge’s team are specialized in the treatment of burns, and they can give the little monkeys all the care and medical help they need. Thanks to these people, most monkeys can recover without as much as a scar!
The goal is to return the rescued monkeys to their natural home as soon as possible. Once they are fully healthy and in a good physical shape, the young monkeys are released.
The Refuge’s Emergency Response Team works with over 200 rescues every year. Their wonderful work brings unbelievable results.
According to a new study, the future survival of primates looks very uncertain and human actions and industries are to blame. If we don’t do as much as we can to help, more and more primates will face the serious risk of extinction. It is critically important to support causes like this one.
Click here to find out more about the project and learn what you can do to help. Even a small donation means the world to these rescued monkeys!
All image source: International Animal Rescue