New Year 2015-2016

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Dear Friends of the Sanctuary, sit back and enjoy the following collection of pictures representing 2015…

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What an honor and inspiration it was for many of the Sanctuary staff to meet with Jane Goodall this past March.

Jane Goodall with our project veterinarian, Dr. Andres Tello.

Jane Goodall with our project veterinarian, Dr. Andres Tello.

The stewardship of this property is taken very seriously…

The wetlands were once planted full of coconut trees by the local people living on this property to support themselves through making coconut oil for fuel and cooking. Palm fronds, when they fall will not allow anything to grow underneath them.

About two years ago I spoke with the staff about picking up the palm fronds to allow the wetlands to return to a more natural state. Today, we have seen over twenty different species of birds returning to our wetlands. As you can see the ibis have returned as well as a crocodile!

This does give us great concern for some of the free roaming animals, but it also gives us a sense of accomplishment as a keystone predator has returned! When the top of the food chain is around, everything is ecologically in good shape. He will out grow our little creek and eventually move on up to the Rio Esquinas, in the mean time, we are honored to have him as part of the Sanctuary.

The wetlands returning to a more natural state.

The wetlands returning to a more natural state.

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2 Meter crocodile in his cave.

All the residents are doing well…

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We had to remove some of Congito’s upper teeth allowing his lower canines to rest outside of his lip. Many people are intimidated by this, but he is just a great gentile giant of an adult howler monkey. He has actually started to join Ceibo’s troop following them, but always returning when the troop passes through to come down to check out the food bowl.

Panzon on bridge...

Panzón came as an infant with no use of his legs. Through physical therapy, he is now free to come and go.

Reina the kinkajou

Reina has started leaving her cage at night, but not always returning—that’s a good sign!

Kinkers the Kinkajou

Kickers is proving to be a little difficult. He still…

Kinkers the Kinkajou

likes sleeping in and has no interest in leaving.

Mr. Cuddles the Porcupine

Mr. Cuddles, aka Señor Abrazos continues to stop eating when he is getting his loves.

Leno the Peccary

Leno the Saino is one of our oldest residents. He has lived past his normal life expectancy but is doing well.

Sloth

All the sloths are good! Look at those pupils—the size of a pin head. Now you can see why I say,”No flash!”

Lola the ocelot

Lola will be included in our positive reinforcement training after I have a little more experience.

Las chicas…

Poppy, the Diva with Sweetie behind...

Poppy, the Diva with Sweetie behind…

Winkie

Winkie

Rosie

Rosie…

This pair of scarlet macaw are reproducing every year and so are a few other pairs!

This pair of scarlet macaw are reproducing every year and so are a few other pairs!

Laurie Santos…

Many of you will recall, while during a tour, I always talk about the intelligence of the capuchin monkeys and will tell you about the amazing work of Lauri Santos and recommend you listen to her TED Talk “A Monkey Economy As Irrational As Ours”.

I received the following letter from Laurie and wanted to share it with our friends of the Sanctuary as Laurie is one of my few, but great “SHEROS“.

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Manly, the released ocelot…

Manly was the first ocelot we had received and the first to be released! After his release, people living on the beach just east of us began to see ocelot tracks for the first time. Since Playa Cativo Ecolodge has set camera traps throughout their grounds, they are capturing images of Manly!

Manly the ocelot

Manly…

The AZA Professional Training Courses were amazing!!!

Positive reinforcement training of a young elephant - Houston Zoo.

Positive reinforcement training of a young elephant – Houston Zoo.

Exercising the cheetahs - Houston Zoo

Exercising the cheetahs – Houston Zoo

Many thanks goes out to those that helped to make this exceptional learning experience possible.

We have designed our first positive reinforcement training programs and are working with Boogie, the Tayra and with the two capuchins—Camilla and Tito.

I hope to be able to return to the US next spring to complete the required courses to receive an AZA Professional Development Certificate in Behavioral Husbandry.

An honorary mention to Henrik Schubert that volunteered to hold the fort down while I was gone!

Henrik with a baby howler he named Wormy. You would need to ask him where the name Wormy came from.

Henrik with a baby howler he named Wormy. You would need to ask him where the name Wormy came from.

Visiting St. Catherine’s Island Foundation.

Between the AZA classes, I had an opportunity to visit with Dr. Terry Norton, the founder of theGeorgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) on Jekyll Island, GA. He invited Charlene DeJori and I to spend the day on St. Catherine’s Island. We helped with a few turtle releases, was included working with three lemurs and treated a huge hornbill. An amazing day that was topped the following afternoon when GSTC released turtles on the beaches of Jekyll Island!

Last minute measurements and ID markings before releasing.

Last minute measurements and ID markings before releasing.

Lemur coming out of anesthesia.

Lemur coming out of anesthesia.

This magnificent hornbill is huge!

This magnificent hornbill is huge!

Dr. Terry Norton releasing a turtle saved by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, GA.

Dr. Terry Norton releasing a turtle saved by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, GA.

Special thanks…

Ricardo Quirós

Ricardo Quirós

Denis Atencio Valverde

Denis Atencio Valverde

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

A special thank you goes out to all that submitted photos for the calendar this year! Some have been used in this newsletter.

I would like to give honorable mentions to Ricardo Quirós who took time from his busy schedule to come to the Sanctuary to take pictures for the Foundation, to Dennis Atencio Valverde, a guide forCrocodile Bay Resort and Richard Thompson who took two tours to take his pictures. All three of these very talented photographers gave me all of their work. I thank them kindly and will be sharing them with you throughout this next year’s newsletters.

There’s still time to make a tax deductible donation for this year…

Your support this past year has been tremendous and you helped us to improve the life of these deserving animals in need. We thank you for your confidence in us and will carry on to show our appreciation through continuing to improve every facet of the Sanctuary to saving wildlife.

There is not much time left to give a tax deductible donation for this year, but it doesn’t take much time to press the PayPal icon below to make a year end donation.

Or you could write a check today made payable to Osa Wildlife Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. and send to P.O. Box 171, Greenwood, IN 4142-0171.

Everyone at the Sanctuary sends their most powerful and positive thoughts for a most prosperous and salubrious New Year for you and your loved ones.

THANK YOU!

SWEETIE THANK YOU

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