Protect Costa Rican Monkeys From Electrocution

Target: Costa Rican Government

Goal: Demand that all power lines be insulated as a way of preventing further animal deaths by electrocution.

In Costa Rica, dozens of monkeys, birds and other animals die because they come in contact with exposed power lines.  Methods such as building bridges and cutting branches near the power lines have been tried, but have had minimal success.  The obvious choice is to run the power lines underground or make sure that they are insulated.  Tell the Costa Rican government to create regulations that require all existing and new power lines to be insulated to protect wildlife from further painful death or injury.

Costa Rica has lost half of its monkey population between 1995 and 2007, many of which were victims of uninsulated wires, a deadly problem with a simple fix.  Todd Bieber’s video tells of his trip to Costa Rica where he worked with the Nosara Wildlife Rescue, a group that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned monkeys and monkeys that have been injured by coming in contact with exposed power lines.  These animals suffer from harsh burns and often must have their fingers or toes amputated because of the severity of their injuries.  Nosara rehabilitates the monkeys and releases them back into the wild, as well as working with the government to insulate exposed wires.

But Nosara is just a small refuge.  Development in Costa Rica comes with an unseen price: wires strung deep in the jungle that bring electricity to different locations are killing monkeys and other animals.  The Costa Rican government must take an aggressive stance to stop this tragic loss of wildlife by regulating new installation of power lines to make sure they are safe and by working with groups like Nosara to provide rehabilitation of injured wildlife and retroactive safety installation on old wires.


Dear President Laura Chinchilla,

Within the jungles of Costa Rica, a heartbreaking loss is occurring.  Exposed power lines are killing thousands of wild monkeys.  Though developers have tried solutions like building bridges and cutting branches near the power lines, the clear answer is to insulate all the power lines or run them underground.  But because this method would be more expensive, energy companies often opt for cheaper methods and leave the lines exposed.

The Costa Rican government can stop the decline in the monkey population by passing legislation that demands all new power lines be insulated.  The government should also work with groups like the Nosara Wildlife Rescue to make sure all animals that have been injured are properly treated while also working to make sure that any existing power lines are retrofitted with proper safety measures.  Please take a stand for the monkeys and other wildlife of Costa Rica by demanding that all power lines be insulated to prevent electrocution.


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  1. Please protect the wild monkeys from a cruel and unnecessary death. The cost of insularing the lines wold be a small price to pay.

  2. Monkey electrocution is not pura vida.

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