Into the future
Nature, beauty, and cultural richness come together to offer you a unique and wonderful experience. Because of this, in addition to working on the actual projects, in Monkey Park we feel free to dream. We dream of other projects that will allow you to get to know, even better, the wonders this area of the country has to offer. We invite you to learn about and share our dreams.
The “Art and Popular Culture Museum” Project is helping to support the cultural rescue of the province of Guanacaste. We hope to give you as visitors the opportunity to experience the human richness found in a region marked by variety and the mestizo culture.
The museum is working to keep alive the history of Guanacaste, its concept of space, its language, food, dances, traditions, musical instruments, architecture and stories.
Our goal is for this museum to become an active part of the community and the people who live there. We would like to incorporate a Crafts Square where visitors could learn about the elaboration, molding, painting and firing processes of the typical crafts of the region. These crafts are proof of the continued presence of the Chorotega pre- Colombian culture in the region today.
The accomplishment of many of Monkey Park’s hopes depends on education. We dream of a population that treasures and preserves the natural resources around them; a population that respects the animal and plant species and is aware of the value of preserving the culture of the area.
To maximize our educational impact, we are planning the building of an ecologically correct learning center to involve younger generations in the conservation of the natural environment. Our learning center will develop displays and programs aligned with WICA’s philosophies of wildlife management and preservation to promote distance and respect towards wild animals. We have started this process by organizing outdoor ecology lessons for the elementary schools in the area. But there’s more to be done… We want to integrate the young adult and adult populations as well by publishing a book that serves as a guide to environmental education. The book deals with topics such as conservation, hunting, and the importance of not keeping wild animals as pets.
At present, Monkey Park includes a Secondary Dry Forest which we must preserve and look after in order to promote the reproduction of tree species such as Viscoyol (Bactris guineensis), Palo de Mora (Maclura tinctoria), Ceibo Barrigón (Pseudobombax septenatum), Níspero chicle (Manilkara chicle), Guácimo (Guazuma ulmifolia) and Laurel (Cordia alliodora). This will strengthen Monkey Park’s capacity to preserve plant species and the animals that depend on them.