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Tamarindo Talk

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María Ximena Bepmale is offering aquatic stimulation classes for babies at her house at Oro del Sol in Tamarindo. Objectives of the water class include learning skills to avoid accidents, strengthening the bond between baby and parent, activating the cardiorespiratory system, controlling breathing and developing independence and self-esteem. Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 8328-3080 or e-mail

After a long period of working alone to save the monkeys of Guanacaste, Simona Daniele, owner of Hotel Luna Llena, and Patricia Sterman, owner of Azul Profundo, organized a meeting of important people who could give them the aid they need to continue their work.

Joining the ladies for the summit at the Barceló hotel were University of Costa Rica genetics professor Gustavo Gutiérrez and biology professor Ronald Sánchez, Pilar Campos of Coopeguanacaste, who is in charge of everything the electric company does with the environment, Orlando Matarrita of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications Ministry (MINAET) and local veterinarian Gilbert Cavalliri.

One of the matters discussed at the meeting was the hanging of monkey bridges, a matter that has frustrated Sterman and Daniele, who have been trying to get Coopeguanacaste to put them up for some time now. Campos promised to specify when Coopeguanacaste will put up the bridges that will save the monkeys’ lives by the next group meeting, set for Jan. 21.

In addition, the committee discussed three key points: putting up monkey crossing signs; Coopeguanacaste taking lessons in environmental studies that would include the monkeys as well as general interest efforts; and the university and MINAET organizing environmental lessons for the Tamarindo community.

–Ellen Zoe Golden

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