Landeszeitung (Luneburg, Germany) writes about volunteering at the CRARC
Walk with Babyhowlers
“We hung out sloths into trees to dry out their fur.” Student Linah Hein reports from her Animal-Rescue-Mission in Costa Rica. Last summer in Puerto Limón, located in the countries North-East, she has been working voluntarily for the Animal-Rescue-Center, a collecting-point for orphaned and / or abandoned animals of the surrounding jungle. Now, together with a group of fellow students from their University-workshop “Social Aspects of the Sustainability of Africa and Latin-America”, which is being offered at the Leuphana University as part of an complementary course of studies, the 20-year-old promotes voluntary work. Helpers coddle small howler monkeys, nurse turtles or free baby-sloths of parasite infestation.
Parasites can infest animals, which grow up without a mother. “To be made an orphan can, just as is has on humans, have physical and psychological impact on an animal.” Linah explains.
This can weaken the immune system of sloths. Possible consequence: Parasites plague them and cause rashes. “Once a day we gave those animals a scrubbing.” Linah continues. She was also looking after the howler monkeys: “They need loads of attention.” That is why the volunteers carried them around on their shoulders during the day. Feeding was scheduled twice a day, nocturnal animals like owls got food once on the afternoon. To the group of birds, living on this station also belong hawks, parrots and toucans. For Linah the “most impressive animal-experience' was the rescuing of a sea turtle. The volunteers found her on the beach, badly injured – poachers had approached her brutally: “They wanted the reptiles eggs.” Illegal trade a profitable business in the poor country.
Soon the station shall be upgraded to an animal-hospital, therefore helpers are needed. Linah recommends at least a two-week stay at the station, she herself has been there for five. She contacted the Lizano family, who run the Rescue-Center, via E-Mail: “Next day I knew when I could come.” She loved her stay, even though the accommodation was not exactly “German standard”. “You sleep in the jungle in dorms with up to 6 people”, but everything necessary is provided. There are bathrooms including a shower, mirrors and cold water, the catering usually consisted of rice and beans as well as coconuts, which can be picked of the palms on the beach.
“Someone who is not sure of what to do after school should seriously consider this.” Linah says. Fellow student Stefanie Krause adds: “We try to arouse interest in a stay in pupils magazines.” It is about development-teamwork. This is, what students of the University-workshop sceptically discuss. “Development aid has to be seen critically in some points, there are borders”, Stefanie says.
With their Animal-Rescue-Project they are already crossing the borders of their workshop.
They advertiseit widely, like at the Lunatic-Festival of the University. Today, Saturday, they sell waffles on the summer party in Rettmer, which starts at 2 o'clock. On Thursday, the 10th of July, they invite to a party in the Salon Hansen. From 11pm on it says “Give Our Monkeys Sugar”. Entrance fee is five Euro, the income will be donated to the Animal-Rescue-Center.