It's been 2 months since Antorcha arrived, on Costa Rica's Independence Day. There is much work being done with her by and she surprises us every day.
She has improved a lot and now she can spend some time outdoors enjoying the sun and the nice weather, while doing her daily physical therapy at the jungle gym.
Her favorite treat is used to stimulate her to move all around the place, she will do anything to have some apples!
She is gaining more strength everyday, balance and confidence. So far she is already able to climb by herself using the ropes and sticks but we are always with her in case she falls.
However, her left side needs to gain more coordination, she uses the hand very well but not the leg, her tail still healing from the burns and she lost a lot of muscle, so still a long way towards her complete rehabiltation.
Her resilience and willingness to live are very inspiring and we never will give up on her, she is a fighter!
Photo credits to intern Jen Nguyen
Actualización de Antorcha (recuerda su historia aquí https://www.facebook.com/KidsSavingtheRainforest/posts/10155158673513520 )
Han pasado 2 meses desde que llegó Antorcha, en el Día de la Independencia de Costa Rica. Se está haciendo mucho trabajo con ella en este momento y ella nos sorprende todos los días.
Ella ha mejorado mucho y ahora puede pasar un tiempo al aire libre disfrutando del sol y el buen tiempo, mientras realiza su fisioterapia diaria en el gimnasio de la jungla. Su golosina favorita se usa para estimularla a moverse por todo el lugar, ¡hará cualquier cosa para tener una manzana! De esta manera ella está día a día ganando más fuerza, equilibrio y confianza. Hasta ahora ella ya puede escalar por sí misma usando cuerdas y palos pero siempre estamos con ella en caso de que se caiga.
Sin embargo, su lado izquierdo necesita ganar más coordinación, usa la mano muy bien pero no la pierna, su cola todavía se está recuperando de las quemaduras y perdió mucho músculo, por lo que todavía queda un largo camino hacia su rehabilitación completa.
Su capacidad de recuperación y su voluntad de vivir son muy inspiradoras y nunca la abandonaremos, ¡es una luchadora!
Créditos fotográficos para la pasante Jen Nguyen
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White-faced or Capuchin Monkey of Costa Rica
The White-faced or Capuchin Monkey is also known for the common names of the White-headed Capuchin, the White-throated Capuchin and Carita Blanca in Spanish.
Capuchins are found in Central and South America. They cover an area from Honduras to Colombia and Ecuador. Capuchins inhabit deciduous forest, evergreen forest, wet and dry tropical forest, mangrove swamp and montane forest. Some of the places they can be observed in Costa Rica include Barra Honda National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Children’s Eternal Rainforest and Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Mating & Reproduction
Mating season generally occurs from June to October in the rainy season. A male Capuchin will commonly mate with multiple females in a social group. Males copulate in a matter of minutes, but gestation lasts as long as 6 months. The female will then give birth to one individual and in some cases twins.
The young ride on their mother’s backs for about 6 weeks, and reach a state of independence by 3 months. The young do not wean, however, until 6 to 12 months. Many of the monkeys in the group take turns taking care of the young, and males engage in child rearing.
White-faced Monkeys are omnivorous. They consume mostly fruit, but they also eat insects, small vertebrates, leaves, flowers and nectar. They are arboreal and diurnal, and forage for their food in the forest canopy. They adapt to a variety of environments quickly, and it is believed by conservationists that they are more likely to survive habitat deforestation with greater success than some other species.
Females spend much of their lives in the same social group, but males will change their social group a number of times. In terms of hierarchy, males are dominant followed by females and children.
Capuchins are considered second only to Spider Monkeys in terms of intelligence among new world monkeys. They rub a number of plants into their fur to discourage insects such as ticks and mosquitos from feeding on their blood. They also use tools in defense and as a means to forage for food.
Where to see it in Costa Rica: Barra Honda National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Braulio Carrillo National Park
Diet: fruit, insects, small vertebrates, leaves, flowers, nectar
Migration Pattern: males migrate between social groups
Habitat: deciduous forest, evergreen forest, wet & dry forest, mangrove swamp, montane forest
Size: length=335-443 mm weight=3.9 kg tail=551 mm
Species: Cebus capucinus
You can help protect the Capuchin Monkey by supporting one of our Projects and planting trees.
Because rainforests are an absolutely essential resource:
Posted by: The Huffington Post
While exploring the area around Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, we noticed a rope strung across the road.
Curious, we started to pay closer attention and found that they were all over the place, tons of them.
We wondered what was up, and the answer was a bit surprising, most of the ropes can be traced back to a couple of 9-year-old girls. What? That’s right, two kids with a big idea had a huge impact on the ecosystem of the region.
A short ride into the forest took us to Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center and Sanctuary. As we chatted with a few of the longtime workers, we got the scoop on the remarkable story of how things all came together.
Back in 1999, two friends, Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone, got the idea to raise money for a project to “save the rainforest,” so they set about selling papier-mâché bottles and painted rock paperweights from a “crazy cute” roadside stand.
They were shocked to discover that the money they raised was not enough to buy and save the entire forest, they were only nine after all, so they started small by making monkey bridges.
A capuchin monkey at Manuel Antonio National Park
So that’s what those ropes across the roads are! They provide a safe way for monkeys to get across the road. Much better than power lines, which have a nasty tendency to electrocute a crossing primate from time to time.
Hearing their story had us excited to see what became of the project after fifteen years. Quite an operation has grown from those humble beginnings, placing bridges (over one hundred and thirty so far) in areas where monkeys often travel is still a big part of it, and those efforts have paid off big time.
Since beginning the program, the population of the once endangered squirrel monkey has more than doubled.
Baby squirrel monkey riding on his mother’s back
The bridges were just the beginning; they have worked with Costa Rica’s National Park Service and schools to plant nearly seven thousand rainforest trees, and the Wildlife Rescue Center and Sanctuary is now in full swing.
To date they have saved hundreds of monkeys, also in addition to marmosets, tamarins, kinkajou, sloths, porcupines, parrots, and parakeets.
Our first stop was the hospital, where an orphaned three-toed sloth baby was getting a snack of hibiscus flowers.
Injured and orphaned animals are brought in from all around the area, treated, and ideally released back into the wild.
If it is determined that the animals are unlikely to fare well in the wild, or if they are not indigenous to the area, then they are kept on site and looked after for the rest of their lives. Because of this we got to see a few species that we otherwise never would have encountered in Costa Rica.
One of those was a tiny member of the primate family, the common marmoset.
Native to Brazil, the marmosets were rescued from a scientific research facility. Most of the other non-indigenous species were pets that either escaped their owners or had been abandoned.
But the bulk of the sanctuaries residents are native species that will one day get to return to the rainforest.
While the center regularly cares for all of Costa Rica’s types of monkeys — capuchin, howler, squirrel, and Geoffroy’s spider monkeys - only three of the four were being tended to on the day of our visit. There were no howler monkeys, which was good news in that it meant none were currently sick or injured. We had seen some in the wild so we didn’t feel like we were missing out too much, and there were plenty of other monkeys to see.
Hanging out over our heads!
Their huge enclosure was specially designed so that visitors can pass right through the troop as they scramble alongside and overhead.
Many of the orphaned, rescued squirrel monkeys suck their thumbs due to early weaning
They seemed every bit as curious about us as we were about them, often stopping to examine us through the fence.
On several occasions they reached through the fence, usually in attempts to snatch a hat, button off of a shirt, or camera.
Were they just curious, or out to snap a few monkey selfies?
Note: The photo of the human finger is of a shelter volunteer and visitors are not allowed to touch or handle the animals at any time.
A smaller group of white-faced capuchins began to get a little boisterous when they heard the racket the squirrels were kicking up, so we headed down the path to see what they were up to.
Even in captivity it was a treat for us to see the Geoffroy’s spider monkeys because, not only are there very few, they generally do not live in the area around Manuel Antonio National Park. They are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Unfortunately the pair here at the sanctuary will not be released back into the wild because the female is too old, and the male was a pet and is not suited for the wild life. He demonstrated that point when he escaped one time, instead of heading out into the forest, he made a beeline to a nearby home and made himself comfortable in the living room.
These primates are all very intelligent creatures, so the staff has come up with creative activities to keep them entertained. A favorite for both the volunteers and the monkeys is painting. Blank pages with fruit and vegetable dyes are placed where the animals can get to them and let their inner Picasso out. The results are quite interesting, very avant-garde.
We got to check out several of the works in the gift area as we were leaving. Yes, even here we exited through the gift shop.
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Kids Saving the Rainforest is looking to raise its goals to include a reforestation project that will include at least 94,000 trees, according to a statement issued by the group. This will all come together during its Earth Day Tree Planting Challenge Saturday.
The goal is being led to fruition thanks to a donation of around 117 hectares, or about 289 acres, of land that the donor owned as a teak farm before it was harvested back in April 2016, according to the group’s co-founder Janine Licare. The property will be used not only for reforestation, but also to release some rescued wildlife on it, according to the organization.
To help the wildlife, consisting of some squirrel and white-faced monkeys as well as three-toed sloths, the group plans to plant a mix of native as well as fruit trees, said Jennifer Rice, the group president. Some of these native trees are also in danger of extinction, Ms. Licare noted.
“The money will be used for this project, which was taken on the knowledge that it had to be financially sustainable,” Ms. Rice said. “We will plant as many trees that we get donations for. The rest of the reforestation will be natural growth.”
“Once we finish this part of the project we will build a biologist station and eco-cabins for researchers, biologists, students, and anyone interested,” Ms. Licare said when discussing the project’s development goals.
“The first few hectares of the property are being saved for this as there is electric, water, and cell phone coverage there, not to mention an ocean view. It is not on the ocean. It is in the mountains, but it does have a view!"