The pain of a brutal past is obvious in Maruca's broken jawline, her twisted and battered nose, and in her slow ambling gait up the path in her current home within La Senta Verde near Coroico and the jungles of Bolivia. She is one of 350 refugees who receive daily care at the facility. Many arrived confused, ripped with violence from their homes, afraid of men, women, or children depending on past abuse or negligent treatment. With good nutrition, daily medical treatment, and the gentle ministrations of more than a dozen volunteers from all over the world, the refugees have found a safe respite and new home. Bolivia's governmental policies are such that is illegal for them to be returned to the jungles and plains of their original habitat.
Maruca is a spider monkey, and she and her fellow primates (including almost a dozen howler monkeys and dozens of incredibly cute and intelligent capuchin monkeys), two endangered Andean spectacled bears, over 100 reptiles, and birds of every shape and color, make up the community of animals rescued by Vicky and Marcelo Ossio. The couple originally operated an ecolodge, mainly serving mountain bikers who road 69 kilometers from La Paz down "the world's most dangerous road" with the Gravity Biking Company. About 8 years ago, they received their first capuchin monkey, Ciruelo. Today they have the only licensed animal refuge in Bolivia and with the care of a wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Adriana Orellana, a great staff and many volunteers, they now receive dozens of animals a month. Most are casualties of illegal pet trade or habitat loss due to ingress into National Parks and conversion of land to coca fields, activities encouraged by current governmental policies.
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Bank of America TX2-563-01-01, Acct. Number 488036101948, Virginia Ossio
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Posted in Bahia Blanca, Argentina