This is the story of how a little Howler Monkey, now named Nola, entered our lives. My husband Gary, myself, our 19 year old son Hampton and my 16 year old nephew Thomas will be traveling back to Nosara, Costa Rica this summer to volunteer for the Refugio where Nola is living. Our hope is to raise $3000 to purchase and transport the supplies currently on their wish list of things needed to care for injured Howler monkeys.
Syringes and needles (25 and 22 ga)
Methylene blue Immersion oil
Pain meds – burn creams
Antibiotics – pediatrics
Wound cleaning / lavage
Bandages of all kinds
Apple MacBook Pro 17″ laptop
Med. And large dog transport kennels
Nola was found after being electrocuted on an un-insulated transformer near Villa Mango in the Projecto Americano of Nosara on August 2, 2012. ICE responded to a call to get a monkey off a transformer. He was on this wire, still being electrocuted, for about 30 min or so. When we went to rescue him, he had already gone. We here at the Refugio are the first responders and try to get to the animals as soon as possible. The managers at Villa Mango, Jo and Agnes, and a kind-hearted man helped to capture him. We are keeping Nola inside, in a sterile environment, to keep the burned areas very clean. He was named Nola by one of the responders, Gary, who helped with the rescue. He is a young male, approximately 2 years of age. They are not adults until around 5 years.
As soon as Nola arrived at Refugio de Animales, he was lightly sedated while the burns were cleaned out and packed with burn cream. He later ate a mango and a few leaves. Monday morning he was off to the vet in Nicoya to have a very badly burned arm removed. His arm was removed up into his shoulder and his legs and his foot was cleaned again. He returned to the Refugio that afternoon. We are packing him with burn cream and a lot of antibiotics every 5 to 6 hours. The first 3 days, we gave him a very light sedative. He is trying to move around a little and having a very hard time doing that. Yesterday he did bite and pull out most of the stitches in this arm. We called the vet, and he feels that with a special spay used for open wounds he will still be OK. He has a very sweet personality and is easy to work with. He is slowly improving and is still eating well, he eats 3 – 4 mangos a day along with fresh picked leaves and a soft butter lettuce.
We hope to bring you an update as to the condition of Nola and stories of our own volunteer experiences with all the monkeys. We are looking forward to delivering theses supplies and materials needs to help save the howler monkey of Nosara. I hope you will find it in your heart to help us reach our goal. If you would like more information on the organization we are trying to help please visit their website at nosarawildlife.com
Thanks so much for reading our story.