Help create a natural fire break that saves the habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys and our unique organic farm!
THE MONKEY FARM
The Monkey Farm in Costa Rica is a unique combination of organic farming and permaculture with wildlife rescue. Our farm is entirely volunteer-run and attracts a wide variety of people from all over the world.
SUCCESS SO FAR
We succeeded in taking proactive measures against the electrocution of monkeys. This first phase took place in 2013 and cost approximately $24,000. All the electric transformers are now insulated, all cables have sheilds protecting them and there are monkey bridges offering them a safe passage at dangerous spots. The farm is completely safe and secure for the monkeys now.
However, we have had real challenges to protect the monkeys' habitat and get our organic food production going, because every year in January-March human-initiated fires spread from the neighboring properties and destroy everything.
Needless to say, this effectively evicts the howler and white-faced monkeys whose natural habitat is on and around the farm. After three horrifying fires in 14 months that wiped out all the vegetation we had a decision to make: either we pack our bags and leave OR do something to ensure the fires can't spread.
We decided to take a leap of faith and do something.
Our solution is to create a natural fire break, using farm animals to graze a fenced perimeter around the farm. To put up the fences and to get the animals we are looking to crowd source $15,000 before our Grand Opening event on January 5th, 2014.
The Monkey Farm in the media:
Costa Rica Star
BE A PART OF IT
Due to the urgency of the issue, the campaign runs for a very short period of time. Let's act now; buy the animals, invest in the fire break and protect the monkeys' habitat... before it's too late! The animals are not only organic lawn mowers but a long-term investment: they help us expand our organic Monkey Bites product range and to become self-sufficient.
Give the monkeys a Christmas present or sell some of yours and contribute to this cause. Donate now!
ABOUT THE REWARDS
World-acclaimed Argentinian under-water painter Carlos Hiller is a good friend of Vicki's. She purchased his paintings back in the day and is now willing to part with them for a good cause. Hiller’s works of art are valued in thousands of dollars!
Carlos Hiller in action:
We have a budget for two scenarios.
The bare necessities budget applies in case we only reach the tipping point, $10,000. We erect the fence ($8,120) with basic gates and get just a few animals ($1,880) to do the grazing.
If we reach our overall funding goal $15,000 we are able to fulfill the ideal scenario with more advanced fence ($9,120) and more animals ($5,880).
In case the donations exceed the overall goal, the surplus will be used for putting to work dozens of international volunteers. This is part of the next phase in our plan of actions.
Detailed budget here: http://tinyurl.com/monkeychristmas-budget