Shock Free Zone
Every year more than 3,000 animals become victims of electrocution. Dozens of mammals such as monkeys, sloths, anteaters, foxes, squirrels as well as birds and reptiles die daily on electricity power lines throughout the country.
Almost all of the power lines used in Costa Rica are aerial and are constructed with insulating conductive materials (bare aluminium conductors). They are a continuous cause of electrocution risk for any living being that has contact with or approaches the lines.
The low voltage or secondary lines have a voltage level of 120 and 240 volts. The medium voltage or primary distribution lines have voltages higher than 14,000 volts. Both types of line have the potential to cause electrocution of any living being. The transformers that are installed in the poles have the same voltage levels as the power lines and are therefore equally as dangerous to fauna as the lines themselves.
Our program has the cooperation of ICE (the national grid electricity provider) and the supervision of MINAE (the government body responsible for the environment). We have identified the black spots where more accidents occur in the South Caribbean area and that require the most urgent attention and are currently in talks to sign a formal cooperation agreement that should be ready in the coming weeks.
The La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation must provide insulating materials and equipment in cases where ICE does not have sufficient stock.