Hello everybody, my name is Kimberly Espinoza, I am a proud Costa Rican and proud to be working at the Sanctuary. This is my second time working here-what a beautiful place! I worked here 6 years ago for my high school practice, and now, with the previous great experiences I kept in my heart, I’ve came back, with a more mature mentality and thoroughly convinced of what I really like doing and what my passion is.
My tasks here are diverse and demanding, but that’s not a problem, when you live in a paradise like this you must learn to be versatile in every way possible. My job description ranges from the nutritional food prep to the welcoming of our visitors and accompany them through the Sanctuary explaining about the natural history, ecological importance and the conservation of our charges. I also explain about how these animals came to us and help our guests to understand the ramifications and the impact that the pet trade has on wildlife.
The first time I came to the Sanctuary was in October 2010, in an unexpected way, to be honest it wasn’t what I had planned. I was just 18 years old and was and finishing highschool, I was hoping to do my practice (which is a requirement for graduation) at a five stars hotel, or better said a five leaves hotel (which is about the same but for ecotourism businesses). However by beautiful fortune I arrived to this little piece of land. First impressions are very difficult to change and even though it wasn’t what I expected it became just what I needed.
I fell in love with the birds that flew around free and surrounded by the wild vegetation, and finally the only thing I wished for was to be a part of it, whatever it was and no matter what (since I didn’t quite knew what was upon me). The animals became an essential part of me, I couldn’t stop talking about them to my friends and family. Even though not everything has been easy, there is no doubt in my mind that I would not change that strange fortune that brought me here.