Education is the biggest treasure of mankind. We use it to empower the people to realize the natural problems we have to face and to change habits.

 


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Indoor school activities
Why is the forest important? What happens if we destroy natural habitats of animals? Children learn about the beauty of nature in our presentations, discussions and workshops.

Empower thousands of school children to become a voice for positive environmental change in their communities is our goal with the free environmental education that we provide. The programs are offered at the cities of León and Estelí, the rural areas around them and eventually in other cities of the country.

Presentations, discussions, workshops and more bring Nicaragua’s school children closer to understanding the nature, its functions and its threats. Why is the forest important? What happens if we destroy natural habitats of animals? Why should we keep the water clean?

We use visual methods, dynamic activities, games, expositions and videos to show the beauty and importance of nature for children. The programs are offered for children from pre-school age to high school. We increase knowledge, love and care toward the environment. In the last year more than 4,700 children in about 50 schools participated.


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Outdoor school activities
Visiting volcanoes, the zoo, the botanic garden and much more is always an amazing and fun time with the school classes. With every excursion we see more passion for the environment.

A great opportunity for student to get in touch of nature and increase their knowledge in a practical way. Besides to make sure that the fauna and flora arrives also into the heart of the children and not only for their logic understanding.


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Nature adventures
‘If you see it you will feel it’ is the motto of this adventure project. We go out on the volcanoes, in the forests, to the rivers or to the mangroves to be close to the topics we teach.

Be out in the nature, explore the forest, experience the volcanoes and just enjoy the beauty of Nicaragua!

While being out on treks we discuss the nature’s wonders and facts around us and let the people see positive as well as negative examples we have caused to our environment. We offer diverse activities about different environmental topics; some of the places are just at the cities edge, others are at different parts of Nicaragua.

 

 


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Environmental leadership course

A course of seven years with outdoor excursions, lessons and English classes form passionate and motivated nature lovers which raise their voice for positive environmental change.

7 years, 2 times a week and 5 groups of about 35 kids, that is the formula for a new generation of nature warriors. Through outdoor excursions, environmental discussions and English classes we form passionate and motivated nature lovers which raise their voice for positive environmental change.

Children can apply to start this course while they are at the 5th grade of primary school. We empower these children to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow in Nicaragua!


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Say no to wild animal trafficking
Don’t buy wild animals! Imprisoning, trafficking and selling wild animals is horrible and has to stop immediately! The animals are treated cruelly and face a life in depression and fear.

Don’t buy wild animals! Imprisoning, trafficking and selling wild animals is horrible and has to stop immediately! The animals are treated cruelly and face a life in depression and fear.

 

 

What is the discussion about?

Catching, smuggling and trading wild animals is a huge business worldwide. The smugglers get thousands of Dollars for rare species such as reptiles, mammals and birds. After a terrifying animal hunt in the jungles, the animals will be transported in cruel ways. Parrots in plastic tubes, baby turtles taped in their shells and hidden in socks or infant snakes in CD cases. The list is long and the smugglers get more and more creative.

 

“From 10 animals that have been caught, only 1 survives the transport.”

 

Our goal

We want to stop the catching, trafficking and trading of wild animals in Nicaragua! Therefore we need to convince the government to change the law as well as to raise awareness in the communities. Join us in the fight!

 

5 reasons not to buy wild animals as pets or souvenirs

  1. After a horrible hunt the animals are transported in cruel conditions.
  2. About 80 to 90% of the animals die during the hole trafficking process.
  3. Once at the new home the unnatural and stressful environment concludes in malnutrition, loneliness, and the overwhelming stress of confinement.
  4. The separation from their families concludes in long-live sadness, especially terrible for monkeys and other animals which live in big groups and communities.
  5. Wrong diet which contains improper food plans as well as the lack of improve their natural behavior of getting food

 

What you can do? Join us in the fight!

  • Raise awareness for the topic and share this page to discuss it with friends.
  • Don’t buy any wild animals – dead or alive.
  • Don´t buy any products made out of animals such as purses, shoes or souvenirs. Don’t buy anything else from vendors that sell such products.
  • Organize a demonstration and let the people and the media now about the pain the animals have to go through. Let us know, so we can support you!
  • Join our campaign and bring the knowledge into your community. Contact us!

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Say no to animals in circuses
The tortures animals have to face in circuses are immense. The animals are agonized until they do what the circus director wants. We want to stop the tortures and demonstrate, teach and claim in the cities.

No wild animals in circuses! The tortures animals have to face in circuses are immense. Non of the wild animals wants to jump through a ring of fire or stand on the back feet while dancing to music. The animals are agonized until they do what the circus director wants. People are cheering and applauding, animals are facing hell. We want to stop the tortures and demonstrate, teach and claim in the cities and in front of circuses.

 

What is the discussion about?

Most circuses that come to Nicaragua still have wild animals in their shows, doing stunts after training under torture. The directors see circuses without animals having less guests and therefore less money coming in. In order to survive they keep having animals in the shows, breaking their spirit with bull hooks, whips, muzzles, tight collars, electric prods and other painful tools.

 

Our goal

In a lot of countries in Central America like Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador circuses with animals are already prohibited. In Nicaragua we are still fighting for it. Our plan starts with acting, beginning with letting circuses with animals be prohibited in León. After we accomplished that we want to go nationwide.

There are already many laws regarding the animal’s rights in Nicaragua. Since 1952 the country is part of the UNESCO and therefore should follow the UNESCO created universal declaration of animal rights. In 2008 Nicaragua signed the declaration of animal wealth being, 2011 the law 747 which protects animals rights.

We want the government to follow those laws and to improve the 747 law to specifically prohibit circuses with animals.

Help us to raise the voice! Help us to change the law!

 

 

“Exhibitions, shows and films involving animals must also respect their dignity and must not include any violence whatsoever.“ – Article 5, Universal declaration of animal rights, UNESCO

 

5 reasons not to go in a circus with animals

  1. Elephants, tigers, monkeys and more are beaten up with cruel weapons such as bull hooks, whips and electric prods to perform difficult stunts. They break their sprits until the animals do the show that makes guests applaud and laugh.
  2. The living situation is horrible. Elephants are chained, other animals are imprisoned in small cages. Drinking, eating, sleeping, defecating and urinating happen in the same place.
  3. Travelling to a new city includes sometimes up to 4 days of being imprisoned in trucks with high temperatures of about 100 degree Fahrenheit and almost no ventilation, food or water.
  4. Due to the size of the cages and the unnatural habitat animals get depressed and suffer from psychological problems such as swaying back and forward, pacing, head-bobbing and self-mutilation.
  5. It occurred that animals fight back. The years of torture lead to black outs and conclude in hurting of people, attacks, amok runs and terrified walks in the cities until they are shot down. See for example Tyke 1994.

 

What you can do? Join us in the fight!

  • Raise awareness for the topic and share this page to discuss it with friends.
  • Boycott any circuses with animals. The ticket pays the cruelty of the circus directors and keeps them running.
  • Sign our petition at our office or our next protest.
  • Join our demonstrations. We always post upcoming protests on our Sonati Facebook page.
  • Organize your own demonstration when a circus is in your town and let the people and the media now about the pain the animals have to go through. Let us know, so we can support you!
  • Join our campaign and bring the knowledge into your community. Contact us!

 

The 5 rights animals have outside their natural habitat

Law 747 Protection for domestic and wild animals

  1. Living in a similar habitat, e.g. monkeys living in trees as they naturally would.
  2. Getting a proper diet which means food of their natural environment as well as for some species such as wild cats like tigers to follow their instincts to hunt.
  3. Protecting the animals from stressful situations and respecting their natural fear, e.g. not having cages for tigers next to zebras or animals put in big groups which usually would live alone.
  4. Protecting the animals from pain and illness, for example no unnatural positions as well as proper treatment during sickness and no violent training.
  5. Opportunities to act in a natural behavior which prevents animals from apathetic behavior and neurosis such as lions walking up and down, elephants swaying or monkeys pulling hair out.

 

“Circus directors break the animal’s spirits with bull hooks, electric prods and other cruel tools until they perform the heartbreaking shows!”

 

Media releases

Canal 15, 2. July, Protesta contra circo en Leon

https://www.facebook.com/CANAL15NIC/videos/983482061696947/?fref=nf

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