Hurricane Otto leaves crippling impact on animal sanctuary

January 11 2017

Las Pumas Sanctuary is struggling to feed its animals in the wake of Hurricane Otto's destruction; World Animal Protection is intervening to help

In late November, Hurricane Otto struck Costa Rica. This region of Costa Rica is still feeling the effects; the severity of some are only now setting in.

World Animal Protection is on the ground providing relief and food to animals in Las Pumas Sanctuary in northern Costa Rica, an area that was hardest hit. 

Las Pumas Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates endangered wildlife in Costa Rica. The sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitation and release, but it also serves as a refuge for animals who cannot be released.

Among its current residents are three best friend Caucel cubs (also called Margays) who arrived last summer. Yuyo, whose name is Costa Rican slang for trouble, seems to cause just that! Nala and Tucita are independent cubs who are teaching Yuyo how to embrace his fearlessness and fend for himself. Each one was found alone without a mother, so the sanctuary will provide them a place to grow and develop until they are strong enough to be released. Most days, staff members love watching them climb trees and play with each other.

But now, they need your help.

How you can help

Las Pumas Sanctuary is completely reliant on donations from tourists to care for the animals. However, since the hurricane, tourists are staying away from the area and essentially all funding has stopped. So it is becoming increasingly difficult to feed the animals. World Animal Protection is intervening, but we need your help to provide funds for food. Please donate now to help feed the animals in the sanctuary - animals like Yuyo, Nala, and Tucita - and others suffering around the world.

Please hurry, time is running out. 

Click here to make a donation to our disaster management fund.

Las Pumas wildlife sanctuary in the region of Guanacaste which looks after a range of big cats, monkeys, birds and other species, is reliant on ticket money and donations from tourists to care for its animals.
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