As more and more wealthy individuals flock to the shores of Costa Rica, thousands of howler monkeys are being electrocuted by uninsulated power lines.
The town of Nosara, located on the Pacific coast, was once a quiet hideaway for yogis and surfers. However, it has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend; rental prices have almost doubled and mega-mansions are selling for over $7 million.
Unfortunately, this explosion in tourism has had a devastating impact on local wildlife. Howler monkeys, whose roars can be heard up to three miles away, have suffered particularly gruesome deaths from dog attacks, car accidents and electrocutions caused by uninsulated power lines.
Matthew MuiseDown describes the region as teeming with hummingbirds and coatis while just north thousands of baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean each daybreak. However paradise is rarely left alone especially when it comes to such a sought after area like Nosara.
The situation is dire - according to locals nearly 100 monkeys were killed last year alone due to electrocution from power lines. This number is expected to rise unless action is taken soon.
It's clear that something needs to be done before we lose one of Costa Rica's most beloved animals forever.