Established in San Ramon, Costa Rica in November, 2011
OUR TEN MONKEY RULES
1. Never restrain a monkey unless you want to get bitten. In the wild, nothing holds onto a monkey unless it's eating it.
2. Never take anything away from a monkey unless you want to get bitten. A monkey's philosophy? "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine."
3. Never touch or reach for a person holding a monkey or somebody will get bitten. (see Rule # 2)
4. Never smile broadly or laugh at a monkey unless you want to get bitten. Showing teeth is a sign of aggression.
5. Never make prolonged eye contact unless you want to get bitten. (And your mother was right...it's rude to stare.)
6. Never underestimate a spider monkey's strength. If you're arm wrestling, you'll lose.
7. Never let your hair down (tie it back or wear a hat). If you're hair wrestling, you'll lose. (see Rule # 6)
8. Never let your guard down. Monkeys are wild animals.
9. Never hold a grudge. A bite is just a bite.
10. Never show fear. If you do, it's game over.
(copyright Michele Gawenka)
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"TEAM SPIDER MONKEY"
Michele Gawenka, Owner and Wildlife Rehabilitator
Paul Gawenka, Director of Funding
Olivier Castro Morales, Biologist
David Peiro, Animal Behaviorist
Alexa Sancho Castro, Director of Permits and Community Relations
Oscar Gamboa Fernandez, Director of Facilities