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Save Costa Rica’s Wildlife from Electrocution

Save Costa Rica’s Wildlife from Electrocution

Thousands of wild animals have been violently injured and killed by electrocution in Costa Rica as a result of coming into contact with uninsulated power lines and transformers, and they continue to suffer this preventable fate every day when they mistake electrical lines for vines and trees, or come into contact with vines and trees that are touching live power lines. Costa Rica is estimated to have lost half of its monkey population alone between 1995 and 2007.

While alternative methods including bridges and cutting branches near power lines have been tried and have helped some, these methods are not as effective as the obvious solution: insulating power lines and transformers, or running cables underground.

Unfortunately, immediate steps to save wildlife are not being because the cost of installing conventional systems is cheaper, leaving those who want to take the steps necessary to protect wildlife to foot the bill for additional costs.


Please sign the petition asking Costa Rican officials asking them not to install any new uninsulated power lines and transformers, in addition to taking steps to modify existing systems to prevent more deaths. Visit Nosara Wildlife Rescue for more information.

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1:46AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

How awful - thanks for sharing! These animals must be protected. The Nosara organisation and Sibu Sanctuary are doing a wonderful job (I've just visited their website) and should be supported!

4:47PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012


1:43PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

2:16AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Link doesn't seem to work - just Google it.

2:13AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

please watch :
YouTube Vivisection, Animal Cruelty
(taking place in Costa Rica).

9:00AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

that is so sad

7:35PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Ditto comments from previous poster. Sadly, some of these countries care nothing about their wildlife when it comes to profits.

1:07PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Signed. Thank you for sharing. I would never have imagined the situation was such an emergency.

9:39AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Signed petition....I trully hope this helps the animals of Costa Rica. Very sad but preventable situation. Why do the animals always have to be the sufferers????

6:21PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Kids Saving the Rainforest in Manual Antonio, Costa Rica has been working on this problem for 12 years. We maintain 130 blue nylon bridges across roads so the monkeys and sloths use the ropes rather than electric lines or try to cross the road and also risk being hit.The electric company(ICE) is now installing insulated lines in the areas we have found to be the most dangerous for animals. Our Wildlife Vet works with the injured animals brought in and works to get them back into the wild. See more of what is being done on Facebook or Thank you all for your support, it takes a community to push for change.

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