Kids Saving The Rainforest Monkey Bridges

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April 2013

By Jennifer Rice PhD, President of Kids Saving the Rainforest

In the year 2000, a group called Amigos Del Monos came to Kids Saving the
Rainforest (KSTR) and told us that they could not get ICE, (the Electric
Company), to help them put up monkey bridges. They felt that KSTR could
get their attention.

Luckily we were able to do so and the KSTR Monkey Bridge Program was
started. Here is what most people want to know when learning about our
bridges.

· KSTR works with ICE & our KSTR Monkey Bridge team; Rocio, Lenin, and
Tio.

· To date we have put up over 170 bridges & maintained them on a
monthly basis.

· Currently there are 130 functioning monkey bridges.

· The others have come down because of development and loss of monkey
habitat.

· We put up a bridge wherever there is a need for one, where a monkey
has been electrocuted or hit.

· They are used to keep monkeys away from live wires and from getting
hit by cars.

· We make sure the branches of trees don’t grow into live wires near
bridges.

· Where troops can’t reach other troops for breeding, we put bridges.

· The rope for the bridges is very costly and each bridge costs $100
to put up!

·The Titi monkey has been on the critically endangered UN list since
1997.

· All of this subspecies live in our area.

· At the last official count there were estimated to be only 1200 of
this subspecies left in the world.

· Our unofficial data by Lenin Roseles states that we now have over
3000 Titis!

· We are going to be doing an official count as soon as possible.

· KSTR is very grateful to have helped make saving this species
possible.

· Please support our monkey bridge program by adopting a bridge.

· If you want a bridge, please go to adopt a bridge at:
http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org

Thanks so much for reading this article and please contact us if you want
more information. You can also visit our Souvenir Store where 100% of the
proceeds go to save the rainforest. It is located at the Hotel Mono Azul
in Manuel Antonio.


Jennifer Rice
President
Kids Saving The Rainforest
http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org

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