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Our white faced monkeys

White-faced Capuchin monkey observing from a branch

Why are they in our Sanctuary?

There are two white faced monkey (or capucchin monkeys) in our sanctuary, Coquita and Chimuelo. These are there stories:

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I entered in 2020 as an adult, I was confiscated in the Orotina area after having been kept as a pet for 10 years in a house. Unfortunately my behavior does not allow her to be released because I am very used to contact with people.

Chimuelo (engl. Toothless)

I arrived at the Rescue Center in 2022 as a juvenile from San Ramón de Alajuela. I turned up loose in town with a dog collar around my neck until I was finally captured. When the doctors examined me, they realized that my teeth had been filed and I had a strong infection in them, and my behavior showed that I had been a pet for some time. Because of these reasons, I currently live in the Sanctuary where I love to play in the trees and watch visitors pass by.


Would you like to help? You can easily make a donation here,
do an internship or just simply visit Pita in our wildlife lifetime sanctuary.

Would you like to get involved yourself?

Become an Intern and have a unique wildlife experience.

Veterinary Internship

Veterinary interns work directly with our highly experienced veterinarian and our rehabilitation staff. You will assist with with animal intakes, exams, treatments, surgeries, feeding and record keeping.

Wildlife Internship​

Work hands-on in the Lifetime Care Sanctuary, Endangered Species Breeding Center and the Rescue Center, feeding animals, conducting behavioral research, and creating enriching experiences for our non-releasable animals or even clicker train our Jaguar „Guapo“.

Road to freedom Internship

This internship gives you the unique opportunity to not only see, but to play an active part in what we call: The Road to Freedom. Aid the animals in their release, monitor and research them and their second chance at life in the wild, the final step on their Road to Freedom.

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