Day five: RainSong Sanctuary http://www.rainsongsanctuary.com/
We headed out early to get to RainSong while they were feeding the baby monkeys. Evie got to hold a baby howler named Eve on her shoulder. I was wearing bug spray so I wasn’t allowed to. The people at RainSong take in injured and abandoned animals. They had squirrels, porcupines, white faced and howler monkeys, toucans, iguanas and a guinea pig. All of these animals are being rehabilitated to return into the wild or given a safe home because release is not an option due to injuries.
There was a sweet white faced monkey with one arm. He had been a pet and then when his owners no longer wanted him they let him go in the wild. Without a troop or family group to protect him he was attacked by a group of howler monkeys and lost his arm at the elbow. Now he lives with people who will love and care for him for the rest of his life.
I was moved by this woman and her mission to protect the native animals here from painful deaths and abuse. Most of the monkeys she cares for are there because of electrocution. They walk on power lines that are not insulated or the power lines break. Them a family of howlers looses their alpha male they have no protection and when they lose the alpha female they have no structure. They will not survive in the wild without their family group. I was happy to sign a few petitions and give a donation to this worthy cause. I hope that animals everywhere have people just like her fighting to give them a safe space to be.