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Please Continue the Wildlife Rescue & Release Mission in Boquete

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A couple of weeks ago, the original petition to the new owners of Boquete Paradise Gardens was delivered with 85 digital signatures.

After being presented, the new owners requested physical proof of the signatures. Because of this, we would really appreciate if everyone who had already digitally signed the petition, and those who didn't have the opportunity to do so, to please pass by Habla Ya Spanish School's offices in Central Avenue Boquete to physically sign the petition.

Paradise Gardens Boquete, Panama

Bellow you will find an account from Gregorio Reid about what happened in the meeting.

As you may remember, I endeavored to deliver our 85 signed petition to restore the Paradise Gardens' (PG) rescue and release mission to Dr. Schumann, in September. I was asked, then, to return in a month, and, so, I have. Here is what transpired.
As I presented our petition to Dr. Schumann, I explained our desire to have the rescue and recovery mission restored. He interrupted me in mid sentence with the question, "Yes, all very good, but WHO will pay for it?" He then went on to explain the poor condition of the PG estate, and the money he has invested to bring it up to a world class standard. In addition to the 15 workers he has doing construction, gardening and other tasks, he has received visits from zoologists and veterinarians. He has renamed it to "Jardines Encantados" - " Enchanted Gardens" - in English.
Work is behind schedule. We agreed that he would notify me when work is completed so that we can all visit. Hopefully this will happen in time for Christmas, and what a great gift it would be. What birds I could see appeared in fine condition. He informs me also that the number of wild birds visiting has increased. My sense is that he wishes to raise both the physical quality of Jardines Encantados and the science standard.
Funding for the rescue and release mission appears to be the principle issue. I am thinking on this and would welcome any ideas. Grants are certainly a possibility. But, I believe an approach that involves the people who care about it may be more sustainable, and best guarantees that our access will not be taken away.
Given that work on expanding the road to Boquete has started, I anticipate more displaced wild animals going forward. For those of you who know of animals in need now, or who have time to volunteer, please contact Dorothy Howes in Palmira at 6968-6010. She has started a new rescue and release operation there.

And following is a transcription of the petition we are asking people to sign:

Paradise Gardens Boquete, Panama

Greetings Dr. and Claudia Schumann,
We, the undersigned, welcome you to Boquete and congratulate you on the purchase of Paradise Gardens. We, respectfully, request that you consider continuing the original Wildlife Rescue and Release mission founded by Paul and Jenny Saban.
Jardines Encantados (formerly Paradise Gardens) is more than a property. It is the beating heart of the conservation community here in Boquete. Many of us, and especially the children, have an emotional attachment to the animals and the grounds.
We believe we speak for: Sam, the Cockatoo, Monty, Billy, and Manolo, the white faced Capuchin Monkeys, Muffin, the yellow thighed Caquie, Lottie, the Margay, Peeps, the Jaguarundi, the other animals in residence, and the many animals restored to the wild, when we say, “Please continue the Rescue and Release mission“. In these times of ever shrinking wild spaces, it is critically needed.

The volunteers, are available and ready to assist you with all their knowledge, passion and commitment.
We look forward to the possibility of discussion to see how both your needs and the needs of the animals can be met.

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  1. Paul & Jenny Saban says:

    We have just picked this up although we do try to keep abreast of developments there. Your reference to the new owners is misguided. The Schumanns have yet to pay for the property and we are pursuing them through the courts. The deposit, which is still with the Land registry is all that has been paid and they are disputing the balance – in short,trying to steal the property for only half of the price that was agreed in the contract.
    When we agreed to sell it to them, they made a lot of promises with regard to the gardens and contact with us. From the day they signed they have refused all contact, refused to give us our personal belongings and furniture, sold off animals and birds that were not theirs and in short, broken every promise that they made. We had told them of our desire to start another P.G. in the Far East but to date, we are unable to leave the U>K>
    As for the state of PG. When we left it was in very good order and we used our pensions to build everything. The visitors donations, for the main part, provided the income for the upkeep of the animals etc. The Schumanns are inveterate liars and I doubt very much that what they have said bears any relation to the truth.
    We have waited until now to make this public because of the Court Action but now the gloves are off. Our friend Roy Knight has been acting as our ‘agent’ all this time and so we are in very regular contact with him, but no-one else, sadly. Our wish for the health and welfare of the remaining animals and birds as well as those which are in desperate need of help is uppermost in our minds every day and we wish you every success in your mission. If you can use these facts in any way to further your cause, you may do so.
    Good Luck
    Paul and Jenny Saban