Costa Rica: One woman's fight to save the country's monkeys
The growth of tourism in Costa Rica has been an economic plus but has taken an unforeseen toll on wildlife. Increased need for power means more electrical transformers, which have had a devastating effect on the country's howler monkey population. Most of Costa Rica's power grid and transformers are uninsulated, and the howlers are being electrocuted. In 1998 the howler population of Nosara, a popular surf and yoga destination, was at 107,000. Today it's less than 37,000. Many of those who are killed are mothers with babies that often survive the shocking. They will die if not cared for. Here is how one woman tries to help.
-- Amanda Jones
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Brenda Bombard( Amanda Jones / Los Angeles Times )
Brenda Bombard, an American expat who lives in Nosara, was compelled to take action after she witnessed an electrocution death. Her organization, Nosara Wildlife Rescue, is the first responder to electrocutions and other monkey incidents; it strives to save the adult monkey first. If a mother dies (most do), Bombard takes in the orphans and raises them. On my recent visit, she had 15 baby monkeys who think of her as their mother — the only way they will survive.