Wildlife campaign targets children to bring the message home

Bridge work at the Río Pital in Salitral de Aserrí was complicated by a home located hard by the work site. Contractors have to make special efforts to protect the structure. Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias photo

The Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación is embarking on a campaign to reach youngsters to enlist them to help protect the country’s wildlife.

The goal is to point out the illegality of keeping wold animals in the home as pets. These include wild birds, including parrots, and monkeys.

Rafael Gutiérrez, executive director of the agency, said that there are networks of illegal commerce in species in Costa Rica.
The concern extends to wild plants like orchids, as well as snakes, iguanas and even deer. To take these animals and plants from their habitat is to kill them little by little, said Gutiérrez. He said that the campaign targets the youngsters in the home to reach the adults.

The campaign begins just before the start of mid-year vacation for pubic school children. Each vacation police and wildlife agents find persons returning to the Central Valley for the mountains or beaches with wildlife or plants.

The system of conservation areas is an agency of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

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