Endangered Monkeys Resume Safe Travel In Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica After Destructive Tropical Storm
Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica finds new hope for the endangered Squirrel Monkeys survival in spite of the June 1st Tropical Storm that devastated the area.
[USPRwire, Tue Aug 10 2010] Byblos Resort & Casino in conjunction with Kids Saving the Rainforest has donated money and supplies to replace some of the 30 man made monkey bridges located around the Manuel Antonio National Park area enabling the continued safe transit of the endangered Titi (Squirrel) Monkeys.
Kids Saving The Rainforest, a not for profit Costa Rican organization and US non profit 501 C 3, has been working with the Monkey Bridge Program for the last 10 years in and around the Manuel Antonio area. “Giving the monkeys safe passage over busy roads and populated areas by strategically placing rope “bridges” is an integral part of our work.” says Jennifer Rice, representative of Kids Saving the Rainforest. KSTR was saddened to report that over 30 monkey bridges were destroyed from the freak tropical storm that devastated much of the natural vegetation last June 1st. “Not only have over 1/4 of the bridges been destroyed, but thousands of trees in the rainforest have come down or broken, making it extremely difficult for the monkeys to travel the canopy in search of food and shelter. Some have been electrocuted trying to find new routes because they now have to pass through live wires and transformers. It is crucial to get the bridges up again.”, added Ms. Rice.
To ensure the survival of the critically endangered species, bridges have to be replaced, new locations investigated, and the cost to repair and replace the bridges will be over $2000. With little or no funds available, local hotel Byblos Resort & Casino, has generously come forward to donate much of the needed funds and materials to make this happen. The bridges have been a huge part of the success of Titi Monkeys’ population increase and without them there will be more electrocutions and deaths. “This is not just a feel good donation; these monkeys are one of the main attractions for tourism in our area. Local Manuel Antonio hotels and tourism operations that depend on National and International visitors cannot afford to ignore this calamity. It’s a win win donation as far as we are concerned.” says Kimberly Barron, Director of Marketing for Hotel Byblos Resort & Casino.
This is just one step in the overall monkey recovery plan for the Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica area, and with corporate and social responsibility programs of tourism operations like www.bybloshotelcostarica.com, not only will the monkeys benefit, but the local tourist economy as well.
If you would like to help, it’s easy when in the area by shopping at the Kids Saving the Rainforest souvenir store located at Hotel Mono Azul. All proceeds go directly to saving the rainforest and the endangered Titi Monkeys. For more information about how you can make a donation please call 506-2777-2572 or you can donate via the KSTR website: www.kidssavingtherainforest.org.
Hotel Byblos Resort & Casino offers all the amenities of a 3-Star Boutique Adventure Resort while maintaining its Jungle Ambiance. Centrally located to Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Beaches, Tours, Spas & Restaurants, Byblos has focused on sustainable tourism and social responsibility for more than 20 years, welcoming tourists from around the World to discover the wonders of the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.