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A Rhythmic Revival: The Drumming Circle Returns

Saving the Monkeys in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica on January 24, 2024

par Yves Pepito Malette
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The Salve Monos organization, dedicated to saving monkeys in the Playa Hermosa and Guanacaste area, is thrilled to announce the return of the Drumming Circle To Save the Monkeys event in January 2024.


At the heart of the Salve Monos organization lies an important mission – to raise funds that will be invested in reducing monkey incidents and accidents in this beloved country. The enchanting monkeys of Costa Rica, including howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and squirrel monkeys which are at risk due to the haphazard development of infrastructure. It’s time we all come together to protect these unique creatures and preserve our natural treasures.

The monkeys are doing their best to keep their families fed during this dry season. Sadly, we continue to have more deforestation in monkey corridors The increasing deforestation is at the center of the problem.

Facebook page of Salve Monos Playa Hermosa

«The disorganized construction of buildings and other infrastructure projects in various regions of the country is endangering the wildlife of Costa Rica. That is exactly why Salve Monos is doing all it can to reach out in other regions and throughout Costa Rica,» says Karol Allard.

More than 7,000 incidents of this kind were recorded between 2018 and 2019, encompassing all affected species, including howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and squirrel monkeys. Due to the rapid loss of their habitat, these animals risk their lives when crossing power lines.

However, the number of cases is not up to date in 2023, and it is believed that there is an underreporting of the true impact on wildlife. In light of this reality, several experts and conservation organizations point out that the country has a debt in this regard.


After a temporary hiatus due to the pandemic, the Drumming Circle to Save the Monkeys is set to return in full swing in 2024. Dedicated leader, Karol Allard, promises an unforgettable drumming session that will resonate with the rhythm of Costa Rica’s vibrant wildlife.


Hosting and directing the drumming session is Claude Laferrière, a co-owner of the iconic Hotel Villa del Sueño, a pillar of our community for over 30 years. Claude’s passion for the country aligns perfectly with our cause, and his rhythm will guide the participants in banding together for an event of music, unity, and hope.


In addition to the mesmerizing drumming, the event will feature live music, a captivating silent auction, and a selection of Save Monos T-shirts and other items for sale. It’s a night filled with entertainment, compassion, and a shared commitment to protecting the precious wildlife.


Behind the festivities lies a pressing issue: electrocutions of monkeys due to inadequate infrastructure planning. This problem threatens the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica. More than 7,000 such incidents were recorded between 2018 and 2019 alone, with underreporting likely skewing the actual impact.

The non-profit organisation is very much focussed on practical solutions and recognises the urgency to act quickly when a threat to the monkeys is identified. In the Playa Hermosa area alone, more than 120 monkey bridges have already been installed.

«More can be done, and the organization is reaching out to the communities for support and volunteers,» says Karol Allard. «Salve Monos is also dedicated to raising awareness and providing assistance and training to new developments such as the Waldorf Astoria between Playa del Coco and Hermosa in Guanacaste. They are already cooperating with us to protect the monkeys in that region,» proudly states Karol Allard.


The community leaders believe it’s time for the government to take action. Many leaders such as Karol Allard advocate for the construction of wildlife crossings, which are a vital step in reducing biodiversity loss due to electrocution. An urgently needed legal framework should mandate environmental impact studies for electrical distribution, underground cables, insulated lines, and other protective measures.

Inés Azofeifa, a dedicated researcher from Salve Monos, emphasizes the importance of intervention in «hotspots» with high animal electrocution rates. Luis Diego Marín, regional coordinator of Preserve Planet, also calls for legislative action to establish wildlife corridors.


Join Salve Monos on this incredible journey to save the monkeys and protect the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica. Help raise the howling voices, rhythms, and funds to ensure a brighter future for these remarkable creatures.

Those who love Costa Rica can make a difference in the lives of the country’s monkeys and safeguard the natural wonders of this beautiful nation.

Join us all on January 24th, 2024, at 3 p.m on the beach in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. for a celebration of drumming, music, and purpose as we unite to save the monkeys.

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