One of the absolutely wonderful thing about the current volunteer work in the rescue center is that I do not have to think. At all. Or veeeeeery little. I guess that thinking about which rack, bucket, scrub or cloth I need to take for the cleaning job of the day doesn’t count as thinking. In … More The dark side of giving the brain a rest
This is an automatic translation of the post originally written in Spanish. Apologies for the delay. I have been very busy cleaning monkey shit from my clothes…but that is another story. The other day I was taking care of the pelican (who couldn’t, didn’t know, didn’t want to fly)… when suddenly some leaves began to … More The iguana that fell from the sky
El otro día estaba cuidando al pelícano (que no podía, que no sabía, que no quería volar)…cuando de repente le empezaron a caer encima unas hojitas. Primero unas pocas, luego unas pocas más…una ramita… Una ramita? Ppppperooo si hace un sol espléndido y no corre ni una brizna de viento… Por estos andurriales, no hace … More La iguana que cayó del cielo
0645 We leave the house by foot and go to the beach. While we walk, we collect wild almonds and leaves for the monkeys, sloths and parrots at the center. 0730 We arrive at the center. After a quick meeting to decide who cleans what, we head to pick up a wheelbarrow, desinfectant, brushes, clothes, … More A day at the rescue center
I made it!!! The Soyuz was successfully landed in Mars. I mean, I successfully managed to prepare the dishes for the animals at the center!! And as of today, no one has died of food poisoning. So I call it a success. It seems that the managers at the center liked it as well. I … More Fourteen kilos of carrots later
On Tuesday there was a lot of excitement in the center. After four years in the center, the group of capuchin monkeys were going to be released at the Tortuguero National Park. It was a very emotional day for those in the center that had been taking care of these monkeys since they arrived. The … More A week of releases
Ah! Those mysterious ways of life. I was picturing three months of zero responsibilities at the place where we are volunteering now. But somehow, I have ended up at the opposite end. Or so it feels. Tomorrow, barely after ten days working at the center, I will be alone in the kitchen, preparing almost 100 … More A big challenge ahead
. There is a certain paradox in why people volunteer in a wildlife rescue center. If you ask the volunteers, most of them will answer that they are volunteering there because “they love animals”. At the core, there is this romantic image of interacting with injured animals, giving them love and comfort. While these feelings … More Everything you should know before volunteering in a wildlife rescue center.