With its extensive network of National Parks, great conservation efforts and strict rules on posessing animals, Costa Rica is ahead of many countries in terms of wildlife protection. But still a lot of questions remained unanswered during my three weeks at Carlisa. What confused me the most was that except for a short visit of an biologist, no skilled animal attendant ever showed up to check on the animals, not a vet, not even the owner himself were around. Only Kim, a warm hearted Costa Rican, who was in charge during my stay, made sure the animals and volunteers were well fed and healthy. She made sure everyone feelt right at home and I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to spend so much time with nosebears, deers and monkeys and to learn about their individual characters and funny behaviors. I just wished I could have done more and that some professionals would have been there to ensure that these amazing creatures get the treatment they deserve so that one could work more thorough towards their return to the wild.