What We Do
We rescue injured and orphaned wild animals and provide emergency veterinary care.
We provide a safe, natural environment for those animals in need of rehabilitation and long term care.
When the time comes that the animals are healthy & mature, we release them back in to the jungle where they belong.
We promote respect for and appreciation of wildlife as an invaluable and irreplaceable asset to the community and its residents.
SIBU’s mission is to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild. When the animals are determined to be strong, healthy and old enough to be re-integrated into the jungle they begin a step-down release program. Animals unlikely to survive in the wild receive a permanent enriching habitat for their life-term care.
We are also educators and advocates who work cooperatively with other organizations to encourage respect for animals’ lives and preservation of their habitat. We rehabilitate animals with assistance from veterinary and wildlife specialists and work closely with Costa Rica’s electric company (ICE) to prevent electrocutions.
Sometimes life’s direction chooses you. Founder and executive director, Vicki Coan, was presented with a life changing experience just 3 short months after moving to Costa Rica in the 1990’s, when a baby howler monkey was placed in her care. She named her Zoe. Fifteen years later, she has expanded from rehabilitating animals on her small screened in front porch to creating a 50 acre jungle preserve embracing SIBU Sanctuary.
As the Executive Director, Vicki oversees and participates in all SIBU Sanctuary operations and ensures the sanctuary runs smoothly and efficiently. Caring for primates is not a far stretch from her educational background, having received her degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Development from Slippery Rock University in her home state of Pennsylvania.
Vicki’s love for nature and animals began at a young age. Growing up on the country side of western Pennsylvania she was very fortune to be surrounded by nature, with gardens, farms, orchards, corn fields, and serene forests.