San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) is giving an incredible Christmas present to the monkeys and sloths of Manuel Antonio. Workers have started insulating live power lines in the area to prevent wildlife electrocutions. This has been a huge problem here, in addition to monkeys being hit by cars. Although we have erected some 100 monkey bridges in the area, the animals still sometimes use power lines, resulting in numerous fatal electrocutions each year. Now, they will be able to use them safely. ICE is installing the new cables by sectors. So when the power goes out for the insulation process, remember that it is well worth being without electricity for an hour or two to help the animals.

This is the time of year for giving, so here are a couple of ways you can give a gift to a child who might not get one otherwise. Banca Promérica in Manuel Antonio has a Christmas tree from which you can choose the name of a child and drop off a present for him or her. Bring in your gift by Dec. 20. The local chamber of commerce also is organizing a toy drive; bring in a wrapped gift (₡5,000 to ₡10,000 value), with a name tag on it saying “boy” or “girl” and an age, to the chamber’s office or to La Mansión Inn in Manuel Antonio. Many of the beneficiary kids are from families whose homes were flooded in the recent storms. Your generosity can bring smiles to their faces.

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