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Fri 30th Jun 2017

WVS sends volunteers out to help many animal sanctuaries across the globe. Here are just a few of those who we support.

In the northwest of beautiful Costa Rica is Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, an animal sanctuary working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate injured howler monkeys. Animal welfare champion, Brenda Bombard, set it up 1999.

It became a full-time job after a young howler monkey was brought to Brenda. It had been badly electrocuted by an uninsulated power line on the island. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts from vets, the monkey died after three days.

Uninsulated power lines cause severe burns to monkeys who struggle to distinguish between the power lines and the vines of the trees.

Every year we send volunteers to Costa Rica to help with feeding the animals such as howler monkeys, raccoons and opossums, caring for them and helping them prepare for a future back in the wild.

If you want to find out more about our project with Refuge for Wildlife, visit https://wvs.org.uk/work-with-us/volunteer-trips/nosara-refuge-for-wildlife-costa-rica

Our Zambezi Canoe Challenge participants are also going to be visiting the elephants at the David Shepherd Elephant Sanctuary in Zambia to see the incredible work being done to rehabilitate orphaned elephants back into the wild. Our C.E.O Luke Gamble even had the opportunity to help bottle feed a baby elephant when he visited the sanctuary.

In previous years, we’ve also sent vet and non-vet teams to help out at the Limbe Wildlife Centre, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon, the SIBU Animal Sanctuary protecting primates in Costa Rica, and we’re currently working with Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. We also have some very exciting projects in the pipeline for 2018.

The work animal sanctuaries do to rescue, treat and rehabilitate these incredible animals back into their natural habitat is vital, and we’re so proud to be supporting their work at the frontline of animal welfare.

Because every animal matters.