Become a Refuge for Wildlife Patron. We hope you will choose to support our programs through a general donation or a directed donation to one of our many ongoing care programs here at Refuge for Wildlife: The Animal Care Fund, Howler Nursery Fund, Veterinary Services & Clinic Fund, Wildlife Emergency Rescue Fund, Refuge Special Projects Fund and our Stop the Shocks Program. We need your help. The vitally important programs of Refuge for Wildlife are funded completely through donations from our Educational Visit Program, gifts to the Refuge and donations from the public. We receive no government funding.
Your donation is tax deductible! You will be prompted to select your payment option: PayPal or Offline Donation. For a US tax deductible donation, select “PayPal” to make a donation via Friends of Nosara. For a CR tax deductible donation, select, “Offline Donation” via bank transfer.
Our Animal Care Fund provides necessary food, shelter and dedicated staff to care for our rescued wildlife. On average we care for several parrots, owls, raccoons, pizotes, squirrels, as well as, adult howler, squirrel and capuchin monkeys. The Refuge currently has five part-time staff who’s primary role is to care for our injured and orphaned wildlife as their principal caregivers. Their work includes cleaning habitats, food preparation, feeding wildlife and managing volunteers.
Our dedicated nursery is specifically designed to care for infant orphaned howler monkeys. With an average of 25-30 infant monkeys at any given time, the Howler Nursery Fund provides specially prepared produce, infant formula, fresh leaves, medications and dietary supplements as well as caring staff to provide around the clock love and attention. Infant howlers require special attention and will stay with us in the Refuge nursery until they are around 1.5-2 years old when they will transition to outdoor enclosures to begin their release program.
Our Veterinary Services & Clinic Fund covers the veterinary treatment of our injured wildlife. This often involves treatment of severe burns, wound care, surgeries, amputations, and, unfortunately necessary euthanasia. Our onsite clinic provides the majority of the routine medical services and has facilities for a veterinarian to perform most services needed by the injured animals. Donating to the Veterinary Services & Clinic Fund will help us to buy necessary medical supplies including, prescription mediations, burn cream, bandages, medical instruments and essential medical equipment as well as help us pay for an on-site veterinarian.
We answer an average of 217 wildlife emergency calls each year. Our founder, Brenda Bombard is experienced with rescuing injured wildlife and using specialist tools to rescue monkeys who are electrocuted on power lines and transformers. Our Wildlife Emergency Rescue Fund provides a rescue vehicle, animal crates, extendible insulated fibreglass “hot stick” poles, as well as personal protection gear such as, gloves, hard hats and rubber boots.
Electrocution is the #1 killer of howler monkeys in Costa Rica. Every year Refuge for Wildlife rescues hundreds of monkeys and other wildlife that have been electrocuted due to uninsulated power lines and transformers. In addition to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing these animals we are also dedicated to preventing injures and deaths caused by electrocution. Our Stop the Shocks committee focuses it’s efforts on insulating power lines and transformers while continuing to educate the community about wildlife safety.
Each year Refuge for Wildlife takes on a special project that focuses on improvements to our refuge. Last year the Refuge Special Projects Fund raised enough money to covert our garage into accommodation for volunteers, the year before we build a dedicated howler monkey nursery for our orphans. This year we are hoping to extend our howler nursery into an outdoor enclosure where our babies can learn and explore outside on natural vines, ropes and a jungle gym.