We certainly were hopeful about our pending visit to this wildlife sanctuary run by Vicki and Steve, but except for the drive, was more than we could have expected! As mentioned, the drive was tough. After leaving the paved roads of Nicoya we entered into what could only be described as the wildest ride of our lives. We were warned about the unpaved roads, but up to this point we had not experienced them...at this level. After about an hour of seriously bumpy roads we arrived at the SIBU Sanctuary. The others had already arrived and we were greeted by Steve, who took us up to the house. Upon entering we received a drink of juice and after watching a couple of short videos we went out to visit the rescues. The visit with the howlers was so much fun! We spent a few moments allowing the monkeys to "check us out" and then we proceeded into the enclosure where we got to spend about 30 minutes with the monkeys who were in the step down program. The monkeys, each with their own name clung to us, jumped on us, sucked our fingers and welcomed us as though we were family. One in particular, a capuchin named Toby, entertained us by jumping, climbing and otherwise showing us how smart and lively he could be. After that we visited with Steve and Vicki's cats, dog and raccoon, Raquel, who can open the door with her hind foot! We also got to meet a wayward porcupine named Rusty. Vicki and Steve are living a dream of sorts but are in dire need of assistance, financial and otherwise. This is an amazing couple who are doing amazing things on behalf of howlers and other orphaned and injured animals. Even though we were late, Vicki gave us a tour of the property in order for us to see the whole picture. This trip was well worth the drive (ouch!) and the time spent traveling to and from the sanctuary.
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