SAVE OUR ISLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Nov 13, 2017

Hi there.

As our kind former supporters know, and others may perhaps know too, Paul and I were involved in defending an attempt to grab our property by an unscrupulous speculator in the spring. This turned into an even bigger problem with our own lawyers. I can't go into details about the case but, at this distance, we now feel these two issues are behind us and, after a great deal of stress, expense and fear for the future of "our" Animal friends here, we are now hopeful of moving on without further heartache.

On a positive note, having resisted a challenge for the tenure of this finca, our presence here, we feel, is now more secure.

In the intervening months our attempts to repopulate this area, which, though remote, has suffered hugely in terms of Animal persecution, and surrounding habitat loss, have been rewarded by a significant increase in numbers. Though it's hard to judge how many are moving away inland and around the waterline, the number is obviously reflected in how many we see here. Some Guys, like the Conejo Pintado (Lowland Paca) and the Opossums come and go, being nightly visitors perhaps for months, then disappearing for months more, only to reappear again later. So we now tend to judge these things, where it's possible, by monitoring individual families and numbers of families, rather than by individuals, which would be close to impossible. We're sure we now have four generations of Kinkajou, with OneEyed Nellie, our first Kink arrival, still as fit and well as ever, and breeding regularly. Four generations of Conejo too, though they look so similar they're hard to tell apart. But we watch the youngsters grow big and fat, until another brood appears. The Opossums are more of a mystery as there are three distinct species and they all come and go unpredictably. Add in three Bush Rat species, Parrots, Bats and more and it's very busy here now.

Crab Eating Raccoons I've left till last as these chaps have responded to dietary supplement with great enthusiasm! Four or more generations now with between thirty and fifty individuals. We feel the numbers are now such that we must limit how much food we supplement. This will increase competition of course but this land can only support so many, and this will encourage repopulation locally

What with the past legal problems and increased numbers of mouths to feed we've now come to a financial crisis. Our income just can't keep with the expenditure. We've prioritised the Animals of course but this has led to a backlog of maintenance and upgrading which is now critical.

Having insufficient funds to employ our Indian for routine chopping, cleaning and maintenance of the boundary fence, the dock and so on, has meant me having to do these jobs with the result that work on the tent, Animal enclosures, and lots of other infrastructural work has been put on hold.

So we've now made this appeal for help open ended, hoping that some kind people amongst you can help us continue with what we're trying to do here.

Our plans include fostering a closer relationship with the national environment agency here so we can take on more rescue work, and on a more official basis. To do this will mean upgrading infrastructure here, but without funds our hands are tied.

Once on a stronger footing we should be able to generate funds locally but right now there is no way we can do this without seriously compromising what we've established so far.

If anyone were able to help us at all by donating something regularly it would help us greatly with planning how we proceed, but of course we're more than grateful for any help at all.

If anyone would like to know more about this please don't hesitate to ask. Also there are many people locally who will attest to our enthusiasm and dedication to these lovely creatures.

One of our first jobs would be to improve our communications with the Big World, which will enable us to update here and on the Facebook page regularly, with photos, stories and videos of our friends, the place and our progress.

It's not plain sailing here with a constant barrage of challenges, some joy, and more than enough sadness, but the Animal numbers are building up and hundreds of life years have, and are being, enjoyed by many species now, and in an environment free from hunting, disturbance and abuse. With help we can keep it going and over time build on what we've done so far and improve the chances for many more of the amazing creatures we've been so privileged to meet.

Thank you so much for your support, the reason we are still here for the animals is, in large part, due to your generosity and help.

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Sarah, Paul, I wrote the following comment on campaign page, seem to need help, Because update said, "If anyone were able to help us at all by donating something regularly it would help us greatly" I wanted to donate $10 monthly but don’t see an option to do that? Am I overlooking that option? Edit, Okay what’s going on, I click on Review & Process & nothing goes anywhere?

Marilyn Leybra

Update posted by Nov 14

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On May 14, 2017

Hello again. Despite your generosity we are still not out of the woods I'm afraid. We have been given reason to question the dealings of some of the those involved in this case, and though this doesn't affect our property rights, which have not been seriously questioned, it does have big cost implications. So though we have already paid a substantial amount in fees we are still not sure what the eventual total will be. The matter is being looked into by a higher authority but this takes time, and is hampered by the need for lengthy boat trips, and poor or nonexistent cell phone signals between those trying to communicate.

So we have to wait a little more, hopefully just a week or two, for the position to become clear.

A big Thank You to each of you again, for supporting us all here. Without it many of these beautiful creatures might have already perished.. however, right now, they're all just fine and dandy! Noisy and troublesome they can be, and you just can't get them to put stuff in the garbage, but every one is a character and an absolute delight!!

When we have sorted out a decent internet connection we will try to show you more of what goes on here, and what they get up to!

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Thank u for this & look forward to hearing more when becomes clearer. And far less clear to anyone not directly involved but assume someone came out woodwork laying claim to land. No, animals don’t know what to do w/ garbage bc they don’t create garbage, only man does. We’re all praying it goes well in the end even if just a matter of more costs.

Marilyn Leybra

Update posted by May 14

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On May 01, 2017

A quickie, just to say we've advanced the date of the end of this appeal, as we are still a little short of the total and so we can report back to you all on the final legal position.

Thanks Paul and Sarah x

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On May 01, 2017

A quickie, just to say we've advanced the date of the end of this appeal, as we are still a little short of the total and so we can report back to you all on the final legal position.

Thanks Paul and Sarah x

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Apr 30, 2017

Hi everyone, apologies for not updating sooner but as well as internet problems we're having phone and power issues, this isn't anything new, we're used to the electronics failing having given up with using computers after the fifth one stopped working and having three night cams only last a total of three months, then there are the four walkie talkies, oh and seven headlights, need i go on! Yes we researched, asked for recommendations from seasoned professionals, posted questions on forums, and despite buying waterproof, bomb proof, even Raccoon proof, oh, ok maybe not Raccoon, but you get the drift ... jungle proof ... at least that's what it said on the tin, Hmmmm ... they lied!

Nothing lasts!

Paul's very good at maintenance and obviously because of the harsh environment we're almost obsessive about keeping electronics dry, not so easy living in a giant tent but we're very careful.

Even so we find ourselves in the position of having no way of communicating with each other when out in the bush, this isn't ideal when one of us is out through the night checking for Cayman (we make our presence known as much as possible which keeps them away, two Raccoons have been bitten by Cayman in the past!) especially as there are five different types of deadly viper around as well!

Good headlights are vital but currently we only have one that is reliable, two cheapies are on order, we're tired of spending large amounts on supposedly everything proof lights only to have them break down in a matter of months, and as we have a lawyer to pay there really isn't any choice.

You know they say ... it never rains but it pours ... well that's exactly what's happening, all the electronics and mechanical equipment is breaking down at the same time, we're just keeping our heads above water managing to survive and making sure everyone is fed.

We hope that because of the difficult circumstances you'll understand and forgive us for not being on top of the fundraiser and keeping you all 100% up to date.

We'll write an update about the legal situation in a few days as we've been advised not to say anything publicly for the moment.

Needless to say we haven't reached our target and will need to keep the fundraiser running.

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Apr 15, 2017

Hi there. Just a quick note, firstly to apologise if we haven't got back to you to say thanks yet.. we will get there but one of the problems of being in a remote place is connectivity. We're actually a bit outside the stated range of the nearest cell phone tower and the signal, which is normally just bearable, has now become almost nonexistent. Apparently the equipment on the tower is failing. So, apologies for that, we're doing the best we can with it.

The other thing, we started with the campaign total in US dollars, as we are in Panamá, but our bank account is in the UK. So we were converting currencies twice, at extra cost. We changed the campaign to £s, but the total has remained at 6,000, which is more than $6,000. We only just realised this! We think it's less confusing to leave the numbers as they are, and explain here.

We hope you agree.

Thank you again for all your support.

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Apr 02, 2017

The lawyer phoned last week asking for the next installment of money!

AND thanks to everyone who's donated, instead of ignoring the calls and fretting about doing so for days on end, we were able to say "sure no problem, we have the money right here" 😀

WOW it felt so good to be able to say that, SUCH a relief, a big weight has been lifted from Paul and I and it's all down to you guys.

Thank you, big, BIG THANK YOU!

There's still a way to go, but for now we can breathe, we have a bit of space and that feels good.

Tomorrow, Monday, Paul is meeting with the lawyer and we'll know what the next steps will be, tomorrow we hope for a good internet connection so we can ask for more support, tomorrow is another day and we're feeling positive because now we know that there ARE people who DO care about the animals.

XXxx ❤❤❤❤❤💜❤❤❤❤❤ xxXX

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Wonderful news! Good luck at lawyer meeting tomorrow!

Karen Stoia

Update posted by Apr 02

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Well done! Good Luck Tomorrow!! 😘😘

Carl-Johan Ronningberg

Update posted by Apr 02

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Mar 29, 2017

Oh my! .... what can I say ... Paul and I are completely overwhelmed by everybody's generosity, not only by the donations, which are fantastic, but also by the kind words and support from friends ....old ones, new ones, virtual and in the flesh ones and people who didn't know we existed before this appeal, every one, every single person is now an intrinsic part of this sanctuary and the ongoing well-being of all the animals whose home it is.

Thank you from all of us ❤

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Paul here.. Thank you Matthew. And thank you for your very generous donation!

Sarah and Paul Pinfield

Update posted by Mar 29

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I didn’t know about your efforts before this appeal, but I’m so glad I know now !

Matthew Norrey

Update posted by Mar 29

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Mar 25, 2017

Hi. Thank you all so much for helping! The donations so far mean we have the legal help we need up to date, and we're going forward steadily. A way to go, but you guys are keeping us afloat in rough seas!! You've given us hope and with your continued support we WILL get there! 😀

Thank you again, from all of us. XXxx

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Update posted by Sarah and Paul Pinfield On Mar 21, 2017

Paul here

Sarah and i have been beside ourselves with worry for all the beautiful creatures we're trying our best to help here.. I'm reduced to tears that poeple share our love and commitment to these our fellow creatures. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ❤

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I wish you the best of luck in keeping this little sanctuary that you've so lovingly created. Believe in miracles, they do happen.

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My beautiful caring niece was just here. This is from her. Paul and Sarah, Christine says that she will think of you with all her heart!

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