If you encounter wildlife being electrocuted, call Refuge for Wildlife immediately to report a Wildlife Emergency 8824-3323. NEVER try to rescue a wild animal and NEVER try to knock a monkey off wires or transformers with anything – you risk being electrocuted. Follow our guidelines on WHAT TO DO IN A WILDLIFE EMERGENCY.
If a monkey, or other wildlife, has died and you find it on the ground near a transformer – it most likely was electrocuted.
Take 5 photographs: Take 1 photo of the dead animal, 1 of the transformer number painted on the pole, 1 of the transformer from straight on, 1 of the transformer from the right, 1 of the transformer from the left. EXAMPLE PHOTOS
Email us at email@example.com and tell us the location of the electrocution and attach your photographs. With the photos we can obtain a quote for the cost to have the transformer insulated. Reporting a wildlife death is very important so we have accurate information on the locations of uninsulated transformers or wires are injuring our wildlife. If you do not report it, no one will know that it’s a problem.
Victims of electrocution need special medical care during their rehabilitation. In addition to medicines and burn cream, our veterinary team often has to perform amputations of severely damaged limbs. Recovery from electrocution can take up to 3 months of intensive medical care which includes around-the-clock professional care. Help us by making a donation to Stop the Shocks “Save the Shock Survivors” below.
You can make a US tax deductible donation via PayPal through “Amigos of Costa Rica” or you can also make a Costa Rican tax deductible donation through our non-profit foundation via a bank transfer by selecting “Offline Donation” to receive our Costa Rican bank details.
In addition to helping rehabilitate electrical shock survivors, our Stop the Shocks program raises funds to purchase wildlife protection equipment to insulate transformers. Electrocutions can be stopped. Only made possible through generous donations, our Stop the Shocks committee purchases special wildlife protection equipment that saves lives. This program has no paid staff and our local electrical company, ICE, donate their time and install this equipment for free. This means, that every cent that is donated toward insulating transformers, goes towards insulating transformers and stopping the shocks.
The average cost to insulate a household transformer ranges from $250-$550 USD with the average high voltage commercial transformer costing $950-$1500USD to insulate. Your tax deductible donation will be used towards insulating one of the many uninsulated transformers in Nosara or one you may designate by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, there is no company or government agency that monitors power lines and transformers or provides the equipment to ensure wildlife safety. There is currently no law that requires anyone to insulate transformers and power lines. Learn everything you need to know about INSULATING YOUR TRANSFORMERS AND POWER LINES.
Symbolically adopt one of our many orphaned infant monkeys at Refuge for Wildlife. Each baby howler stays with us until they are 2-2.5 years old costing an average of $120 per month in care. Adopt one or our orphans and receive a certificate of adoption and a detailed story about your monkey with photos. Find out more on our Adopt A Monkey page.
Help us by checking the transformers and power lines in your area. Check that wildlife protection equipment is still safely attached (sometimes components come loose in the wind or when animals continually travel on them). If you notice a piece of wildlife protection equipment has come loose, is damaged, or missing, call Refuge for Wildlife or ICE and report the problem.
Only ICE can install and repair wildlife protection equipment. NEVER attempt this yourself – you WILL be electrocuted.
Unsure what uninsulated and insulated transformers and power lines look like? Learn everything you need to know about INSULATING YOUR TRANSFORMERS AND POWER LINES.
Monitor the trees near power lines and transformers. Make sure they are not close the wires otherwise monkeys and other wildlife will be able to climb on them and risk electrocution. Always call ICE and ask them to trim the trees back from power lines and transformers near your home. Never attempt to trim branches yourself – you risk being killed by electrocution.
Remember that the wildlife, especially monkeys, use the trees to travel to and from feeding grounds. If even one tree is cut along their route, the natural tree bridge will be lost and the monkeys will be forced to find another way. This often means traveling along dangerous power lines and transformers or risking attacks from dogs or being hit by cars on the ground. Pay attention to which trees are beneficial to wildlife and be mindful of cutting these important trees.
Be careful where you plant new trees on your property. Planting a delicious papaya tree right under an uninsulated transformer is sure to end in dozens of monkey deaths. If you’re planting trees that benefit the animals, make sure they are away from power lines and transformers and in an area where they will not be harassed by dogs. Remember, the monkeys need a natural tree route that leads to these tasty trees otherwise they will risk their lives traveling on the ground or across wires.