Not only does The Springs Resort and Spa provide you with world class hospitality but we also keep a very keen eye on our environment, community and local projects in which we help those around us in our immediate and not so immediate communities.
Just recently The Springs Resort and Spa collected 985 Kilograms in recyclable materials and with this being converted to a monetary value, they were able to feed 150 students from local schools in the community such as Linda Vista, Agua Azul, La Guaria and Jauuri and the La Fotuna de San Carlos.
That not being all. Not only did The Springs raise 985 Kilograms, a whopping number already, but they were able to raise the most of anyone else in the competition, therefore receiving an award for having collected the largest quantity of recyclable materials in the area. We are all extremely proud of those who were involved in the project and who helped in collecting every kilogram of the 985 that were handed over.
Congratulations to all at The Springs, and keep at it! We’re sewing seeds for a brighter greener future!
Do you see what I see Cristian?
Club Rio down at The Springs resort in Costa Rica has 5 new arrivals to its already abundant array of wild animals. These curious, mischievous and unique little individuals go by the names of Inky , Pinky, Ponky Luciana and Tokolosh. We here at Club Rio prefer to see these little, and when I say little I mean “teeny tiny” friends of ours as unique individuals with very intricate and diverse personalities, most people would at first glance realize that they are better known as Marmosets.
There are several various species of Marmosets, and these particular few happen to be the Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). These animals are native only to east-central Brazil, how they happened to become part of our family here at Club Rio is a very unique story. These animals as with many animals at our sanctuary were illegally held as domestic pets. These animals although cute, furry and friendly are not able to adapt to a lifestyle as a pet, and rightly so. Thus they have been sent to us down here as we are able to emulate their natural environment quite effectively resulting in a happier and healthier animal.
To shed some light on these marmosets, Common marmosets live in stable extended families with only a few members allowed to breed. A marmoset group can contain as many as 15 members, but a more typical number is nine. A marmoset family usually contains 1-2 breeding females, a breeding male, their offspring and their adult relatives, be it their parents or siblings. The females in a group tend to be closely related and males less so. Males do not mate with breeding females that they are related to. Marmosets may leave their natal groups when they become adults, in contrast to other primate species who leave at adolescence. Not much is known of the reasons marmosets leave their natal groups. Family groups will fission into new groups when a breeding male dies. Within the family groups, the breeding individuals tend to be more dominant. The breeding male and female tend to share dominance. However, between two breeding females, one is more dominant. In addition, the subordinate female is usually the daughter of the dominant one. For the other members, social rank is based on age. Dominance is maintained through various behaviors, postures and vocalizations and subordinates will groom their superiors
Common marmosets employ a number of vocal and visual communications. To signal alarm, aggression, and submission, marmosets use the “partial open mouth stare,” “frown,” and “slit-stare”, respectively. To display fear or submission, marmosets flatten their ear-tufts close to their heads. Marmosets have two alarm calls: a series of repeating calls that get higher with each call, known as “staccatos”; and short trickling calls given either intermittently or repeatedly. These are called “tsiks”. Marmoset alarm calls tend to be short and high-pitched.Marmosets monitor and locate group members with vibrato-like low-pitched generic calls called “trills”. Marmosets also employ “phees” which are whistle-like generic calls. These serve to attract mates, keep groups together, defend territories, and locate missing group members. Marmosets will use scent gland on their chests and anogenital regions to mark objects. These are meant to communicate social and reproductive status.
Cristian explains the nature of these animals to a guest
As I stated earlier, these peculiar little animals are definitely a pleasure to be around, they’re extremely friendly, and have quite a unique sense of character. It’s an enjoyable experience being able to interact with them, knowing that they are in an environment similar to that of their natural habitat, that they’re healthy and happy too. Next time you stop by Club Rio be sure to ask your guide about these furry little creatures and their unique attributes. It is impossible to leave untouched by these special little beings.
Ponky curiously plotting his next mischievous move
“Hummingbirds are always a treat no matter what your level of birding. This hummingbird garden is the most magnificent viewing area I have ever seen! Twenty six species of these feisty little hummers can easily be watched continuously. Thrills abound every second, as my senses almost cannot keep up with the constant movement. There, we birders can observe hummingbirds up close and study behaviors or even get peaks at color flashes not always seen at a distance. I highly recommend this hummingbird garden as a “must see” for any bird watcher visiting Costa Rica.” – Laurie Marsell, Birdwatching Tour Operator, Florida
Here’s a crash course in Hummingbird trivia:
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world
For their size, hummingbirds have the largest heart & brain of all animals
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
Hummingbird wings beat around 60 times per second
Hummingbird hearts beat from 500 to 1,200 times per minute
Hummingbirds are only found in North, Central and South America
Hummingbirds visit 2,000 to 5,000 flowers a day
Hummingbirds can consume twice their weight daily
Their color is produced by refraction of light, not by pigment
Their average speed is 45 miles per hour
Their tongues are twice the length of their bills
In addition to nectar, hummingbirds eat insects for protein
Hummingbirds cannot walk, only perch
Hummingbirds fly only 20% of the time
Finally, for those of you looking to check a certain species off of your Birdwatching Life List, here’s a list of those you’ll find buzzing around our feeders (and possibly landing on your hands)!
Let me start this entry by whole-heartedly saying, Greetings from Costa Rica!
We here at The Springs Resort & Spa have decided to change our approach to this blog and bring our past, present and future guests closer to our own little universe here at The Springs Resort & Spa.
Stopping to pose after a somewhat soggy birdwatching tour.
Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of ten, mostly college-age, veterinary volunteers visiting Costa Rica from Long Island, New York’s Sweet Briar Nature Center. While here, they gave us some much-needed feedback on our two newest tours-in-the-making: the first being our Birdwatching Tour and the second, our Medicinal Plant Tour.
With half the volunteers working on habitat landscaping, everyone else spent the day in the wood shop.
Janine Bendicksen, Sweetbriar curator and volunteer group leader, first brought students to Costa Rica six years ago with the intention of working alongside the various wildlife refuges that pepper the countryside. While this type of volunteer trip might have been a first for us here at The Springs, it was a huge success and most certainly won’t be the last.
All nine volunteers plus our veterinary staff (and myself) proudly showing off the two boxes that were used for feeding for our adult puma, Guapo and enrichment play for our small group of Capuchin monkeys.
“I want to open their eyes up to a new world,” Bendicksen explained. ”I want to give them a meaningful experience by taking them out of their comfort zone. As a regular tourist, you don’t have the opportunity to see as much as you would as an insider. Working with your staff at the Springs gave them that opportunity.”
Half the group spent their last day at the resort building catwalks (yes, literal “cat” walks) and hanging swinging coconuts for our most energetic resident, Simba, the adolescent male puma. They also had the opportunity to work with our veterinary staff, Roberto and Victor, to prepare meals in our clinic for the jungle cats, toucans and sloths.
A hearty helping of “Two-Toed Sloth chow.”
Meanwhile, everyone else found themselves frantically measuring, hammering and operating an array of power tools in a frantic effort to finish a few, overly-complicated woodworking projects. Luckily, we were able to finish with the help of the hotel’s skilled carpenters.
Before the sun started to sink, we were able to build and implement an enormous scratching post for Simba along with two, very unique, wood and rope boxes — one of which was filled with plants and hung from a tree in the Capuchin monkey habitat. The other was filled with chicken and placed in the habitat of Guapo, our adult male Puma, as a sort of large-scale “Kong Toy”.
Simba doing what he does best: killing coconuts.
As exciting as everything was for us humans, the animals obviously enjoyed everything even more, and all positively responded to their new toys and altered habitats.
As an employee of almost a year, I can honestly say that working to benefit these animals was one of my most rewarding work experiences to date.
“I want kids to find something they are passionate about, and want them to learn to do good for others,” Bendicksen said. “Give back. Pay it forward. Because, isn’t that why we are all here?”
I speak for The Springs when I say it was our pleasure to share our hotel and get to know and work with everyone involved in this trip. We wish them all the best in their future travels and hope to see them soon.
Thanks to volunteer/photographer, Dery Keretic, I was able to piece together this small video of some animal curiosity that day. If you’ve visited us before, you’ll see some familiar faces here:
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