Thursday, October 13, 2011

Day 39 - Güirá Oga

It was still pouring when we woke up this morning, but we suited up and went in search of Güirá Oga, a wildlife reserve/rehabilitation center I’d read about on TripAdvisor. It’s a tiny place that rehabilitates, breeds, and in some cases serves as the long-term home for a number of animals that are endangered and/or have been kept as pets or in zoos, illegally smuggled, or injured on the road or by poachers. Even though it was only about a half-mile walk down the road from our hotel, it took us a little while to find. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the guided tour we took. The first picture is of a peccary and the second is of some sort of hawk/eagle (I suck at identifying things) that had lost the muscle strength to fly because of long years spent in a cage at a zoo. The third picture is of a margay cat who’s paw had been injured in a trap. I didn’t take that picture (our guide offered to go behind the barrier and take one for me), but it’s so adorable that I had to include it. Again, all these pictures had to be taken with the crappy point-and-shoot because of the rain. We also saw a ton of other cool animals, including toucans, owls, various other birds, capybara, capuchin monkeys, and tortoises. We also bought a ton of cool stuff at their gift shop.

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