Founded in January of 1999, the Refuge for Wildlife has been a place for injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife from Nosara, the Nicoya Peninsula and beyond for over 15 years. Many of the new arrivals are very young orphaned Howler Monkeys. They arrive in backpacks, wrapped in T-shirts or towels, cardboard boxes and grocery bags. The Refuge receives and treats all types of wild animals but the Howler Monkeys have become the refuge’s specialty.
At the Refuge Clinic, there is a team of professionals and volunteers who provide immediate and long-term medical attention. Injured adult animals that require continued care are quarantined for a period of time and then transferred to outdoor enclosures, where they continue to receive supervision and medical evaluation. As soon as the adult animals are deemed healthy they are returned to the jungle and whenever possible, to the same location from where they were rescued.
The GCF has supported the Refuge’s educational outreach program for local public schools and accepts tax-deductible donations on its behalf in the United States.