Monkey Park Foundation Institute
The Rehabilitation area for wild animals is a space where recovering animals remain, to assess their possible readaptation in nature. This area is closed to the public as only trained personnel can enter.
Rehabilitation and release
When we talk about rehabilitation we refer to the action of recovering the health, physical, mental and behavioral health of a wild animal that suffered some type of pathology or was removed from its habitat.
For thousands of years, wildlife species have survived as a result of generations of evolution. Wild animals are born genetically programmed according to their species to react to the complications that frequently occur in the wild and thereby seek survival. This is complicated, sometimes very short, and without second chances. The animal that makes the right decisions is the one that will survive to reproduce and pass on its genes to the next generation.
In the jungle, humans are part of the food chain, and most of the time their association with other wild animals results in a negative situation for animal life. For a long time, the survival of the animal world has been based on the ability not to be heard or seen by other animals, including man. This is the reason that wild animals are so difficult to catch and in many cases even to observe. The first option for a wild animal is to escape from the negative situations of its life. When there is a situation where an animal must use its species-specific defense mechanism, the conflict usually ends in serious injury or even death. Animals have developed many warnings to avoid conflicts such as visual threats, auditory calls, and chemical cues. All of these methods are aimed at reducing the need for conflict and harm, thus promoting survival and reproduction. However, for many species of birds and mammals, animals with a social structure, survival, and reproduction depend on the possession of a territory and group control. If this is threatened, conflicts arise with human groups or other groups of animals developed in excess by territorial change. When a wild animal arrives injured at a rescue center, it may be the result of man-made or animal-made structures, or it may be weak from lack of nutrition or disease, indirect or direct results of the restriction of its territories. or modifications of habitat and climate.
If the level of interference within an animal territory has reached a point in which the animals have decreased to a level considered risky or dangerous for their survival, then measures must be taken to try to correctly rehabilitate these animals (without altering their capacities and behavior). natural) and release them into their environment helping to maintain the number of the species, in healthy conditions.
Rehabilitating wild animals is a complicated task since traditionally it is not considered to preserve animals with the possibility of reinserting them into their environment. Little knowledge exists regarding methods of conservation and care of animals in captivity, respecting their integrity, and their natural behavior, and promoting for each species, the development of capacities that allow them to survive again in the wild.
To this end, at the Monkey Park Foundation, the golden rule for humans in interaction with animals, at all stages of the animal’s growth and behavior, is to keep your distance. The reception and care until its release must be carried out with strict regulations where the human resource provides what the animal cannot access due to its condition, but does not interact with the species in such a way that the success of its release is assured. . This is a fundamental part of the Foundation’s strategies, all actions such as camouflage for feeding and approach to rehabilitation cages, isolation, stimulation with other individuals of the same species and others, are part of this goal.
The rehabilitation of our animals and their subsequent release is our greatest benefit for the preservation of our natural resources and is carried out in conjunction with the representatives of the Ministry of the Environment (MINAE).