KSTR Doing the Harlem Shake!

How many monkeys can you count???
Seacret Agents Volunteer at Kids Saving The Rainforest in Costa Rica March 2013.

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Disclaimer: I promise you that no harm was done to the animals in the making of this film!!


Kellie Holsey Brings Children’s Books to Winter Goose Publishing and Aids in the Survival of Rainforests

“The Secret Sloth” brings to light a beautiful and little known creature

November 1, 2011 – There are so many reasons to fight to keep our rainforests thriving, and Sloths are at the top of the list. These beautiful and slow moving creatures are a little known resident of rainforests. The Secret Sloth educates and stimulates a child’s mind with a great story and detailed hand drawings by illustrator Jim Koukis.
Take a journey through the rainforest as we learn about the amazing sloth. Discover the dangerous and uncertain world of one of Earth’s cutest and most gentle creatures. Enjoy the detailed hand-sketched drawings which bring this beautifully fun and educational story to life. You will be inspired to help one of the most peculiar and adorable animals on our planet. May they continue to thrive in the lands they have always considered their home.
A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to Kids Saving the Rainforest at http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org, an organization that aids in the survival of rainforests.

The Secret Sloth is a 32-page children’s book on paperback, with a retail price of $8.99 and eBook retail price of $5.99, benefitting Kids Saving The Rainforest. The ISBN is: 9780983676454. Published through Winter Goose Publishing and available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers. For more information or to request a review copy, contact Winter Goose Publishing at info@wintergoosepublishing.
About Kellie Holsey:
Kellie Holsey lives in a small gold-mining town in Northern California with her husband, two horses, three dogs and five cats. She is a small business owner and is active in her church. She has four daughters and seven grandchildren spread out all over the United States.
About Winter Goose Publishing:
Winter Goose Publishing is an independent publisher founded in 2011. We are a royalty-paying publisher dedicated to putting out the best literature in prose, poetry and art; covering a variety of genres. You can visit wintergoosepublishing.com for more information or email info@wintergoosepublishing.
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How Can Kids Save the Rainforest?

By Erin Vaughan, eHow Contributor

Saving the rainforest may seem like an overwhelming project, but kids can actually have a broader influence on the issue than one might think. By learning more about the creatures and people of the rainforest, as well as the issues affecting it, and by encouraging the adults around them to care about these issues, kids can have a lot of sway. Programs such as the Kids Saving the Rainforest activist group have demonstrated that even children can get involved and fight to save this resource.

Kids can save the rainforest just by logging into their computers




Join Kids Saving the Rainforest, an activist group specifically designed for kids, by logging onto their website. Started by two 9 year-olds, Kids Saving the Rainforest runs several programs that children can participate in. For instance, the program publishes and distributes a pamphlet called, “10 reasons not to feed the monkeys,” which educates businesses and tourists on the Titi monkey, an endangered animal that was the group’s original focus. Kids Saving the Rainforest members also receive educational material and updates on the group’s efforts. Lastly, KSR hosts an adopt-a-tree program, where for a fee youngsters can have a tree planted in their or their friend’s name.

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    Have kids participate in letter-writing campaigns. The Rainforest Action Network, an activist group, has a specific part of their website devoted to letter-writing campaigns for children that lists businesses that contribute to deforestation, a summary of why their business practices may be dangerous for the environment and a sample letter for kids to copy if they wish.

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    Educate kids about the rainforest. Log onto websites such as the Rainforest Alliance, which allows children to explore the rainforest and the issues surrounding it, through online games and activities. Not only does the website explore rainforest species and environments, games such as the “Track It Back” feature allow kids to explore where specific food products come from and how they are harvested. Other games let children get to know human rainforest residents and how they live and work.

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    Be careful about the amount of waste you create and ask your child to help you. Simply reusing scrap paper and containers helps save trees by decreasing the need for new paper products. Additionally, encourage your child to consider asking her teachers to start a class recycling program if one does not already exist.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more you show an active interest in this issue, the more your child will feel encouraged.
  • Make sure to indicate that saving the rainforest is not something that can happen over night, so that your child does not get discouraged.

KSTR UPDATE from the President

  • by Jennifer Rice
  • KSTR has been very busy with lots of great news that we want to share with you.
  • We now have our official Zoological Garden license. We use this license for our wildlife sanctuary to house any wildlife that can’t be released back into the rainforest, animals that would have to be euthanized if we did not care for them. Currently there are over 20 monkeys protected at the Sanctuary which is called the Kids Saving The Rainforest Educational Center.
    Pia Martin DVM, our wildlife vet, offers private tours to those wishing to learn about the rainforest, it’s destruction, and how they can help to save it.
  • ICE has insulated the live electric wires near the corner of the Hotel Mono Azul and they will be insulating more in the future. They have also covered 40 transformers and placed dozens of physical barriers like “cones and little spiders” on the secondary wires to prevent the animals from jumping onto the wires, so that sloths and other animals cannot get electrocuted. This is wonderful news; we have been working to get this started for 11 years. KSTR meets with ICE on a monthly basis to report updates of the monkey bridges and any electrocutions. We also identify the risk areas for the wildlife, assess them and help ICE determine if it is best to trim the trees, insulate a transformer, put up a cone or another device to physically prevent the animal from jumping on the wire, or to put up a monkey bridge). ICE helps us when we need to install monkey bridges where there is danger due to live electrical wires, they send out their cherry picker with our monkey bridge team.
  • KSTR and Co-founder, Janine Licare, were in an incredible article called “Women of the Forest: Gisele Bundchen, Trudie Styler, Daryl Hannah and Janine Licare” in COCO ECO MAGAZINE. For those of you who don’t recognize the names, Gisele is the Brazilian Super Model who is a rainforest activist, Trudie Styler is Sting’s wife and among many other things is an environmentalist. Daryl Hannah is best known for her acting in Kill Bill, Blade Runner and Splash. She is also known for her activism in preserving Planet Earth. Janine Licare is co-founder of KSTR, and will be graduating from Stanford University in June. She will then be going to teach for the program “Teach for America”. (Teach For America is the USA National Corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.) Janine will be teaching in East Los Angeles.
  • The US Ambassador to Costa Rica came to our sanctuary and got a tour from Pia Martin DVM, Barbara Thompson, our wildlife rehabber, and some of the kids of Kids Saving The Rainforest. The Ambassador posted on Twitter “Impressed by success of Kids Saving the Rainforest. Outreach builds communities of interest across borders & preserves biodiversity in CR.” and posted 10 pictures of the event online!
  • An elementary school with 19 classrooms in the New Jersey is having their annual reading program, Reach for the Stars – READ. Students are challenged to reach a reading goal of 1000 minutes over 8 weeks. This year’s theme is the rainforest and they are learning a lot about the rainforest. KSTR is partnering with them and part of their reading will be the 4 books written by KSTR teaching about the rainforest. KSTR has donated our books to their library so that all the kids can read them.
    Please help us to save the rainforest by shopping in our KSTR Souvenir Store, where 100% of the proceeds go to save the rainforest.



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Gisele Bundchen born in Brazil is a supermodel, actress, mom, an active environmentalist, is now also an animated eco superhero.

Along with AOL and A Squared Entertainment, Gisele launched a web series on AOLkids.com, “Gisele & The Green Team”. The web series and interactive site is a creative destination that is educational and entertaining, showing Gisele and a group of teenage supermodels with super eco powers. Gisele firmly believes if one respects themselves they will respect the world around them too. In a recent press release, Gisele states, “There’s a vital connection between empowering our youth and protecting our planet. We hope to not only teach young girls about important environmental issues, but support them in building self-confidence and discovering their inner potential.”

She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Environment Programme and for the past five years, has donated a percentage of the profits from her line of sandals, Ipanema Gisele Bündchen, to protect the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. Gisele’s beauty is undeniable and she recently launched a line of skincare, Sejaa Pure Skin Care. Sejaa is all natural and produced with as little impact on the environment as possible.

Another one of Gisele’s causes has been a family affair; The Agua Limpa (Clean Water) Project applies sustainable environmental management and promotes the recovery of riparian vegetation and the micro basins of Horizontina and Tucunduva (State of Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil), which is the region where the top model was born. She also has a blog where she shares her projects and passion with the world. Truly beautiful from the inside out, her insight and love of the earth are what makes her a true eco-heroine.**

Janine Licare’s journey in environmental activism and founding Kids Saving the Rainforest is truly remarkable. At the young age of four, she and her mother left the US and settled in Costa Rica. Growing up with nine other children in her graduating class, she was the first to go to college in the US, and was accepted into the prestigious Stanford University.

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSRF) is a non-profit founded in 1999 when Janine was only 91/2 years old and she saw first-hand something needed to change. With her mother, she created the KSRF store in Costa Rica where 100% of the proceeds from locally produced items are sold to tourists to raise awareness and funds. The monies raised contribute to preserving the local rainforest land, rehabilitating baby and injured animals, supporting a wildlife sanctuary, and to insure the survival of the endangered Titi monkeys.

The next phase for Janine and KSRF is to grow the Animal Rehabilitation & Educational Center in Costa Rica to study and create proper living environments for some of the rarest species of monkeys left on our planet, including the Titi and Spider monkey.**

Trudie Styler is a force to be reckoned with. A renowned film producer, founder of Xingu Films, an actress, mother, organic farmer, activist, environmentalist, married to Sting and has 20 years of work in preserving rainforests around the world under her belt, she founded Rainforest Foundation International in 1989 along with her husband. They both saw first hand what was happening in Brazil and focused on taking action with the indigenous people, later funding programs in other countries such as Latin America, Asia and Africa. In 1999, Rainforest Foundation FUND replaced Rainforest Foundation International and today the mission is to protect and support indigenous peoples, and traditional populations of the rainforest in an effort to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.

The Foundation turned 21 years old in 2010, and to date, Trudie has raised more than $23 million for the cause. On one of her many visits to Ecuador she witnessed first hand the environmental damages caused by oil exploitation in the rainforest.

“I met mothers in Ecuador who have to make an appalling decision: either to give their children no water or contaminated water, knowing that it will make them sick,” recalled Trudie. There are over 30,000 people and half are children that were exposed to oil contamination through air, water and land in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. The contamination led to wide spread cancer, miscarriages, skin disorders and respiratory illnesses. After meeting the families first hand, Trudie enrolled The Rainforest Fund, UNICEF and the Frente de la Defensa de la Amazonia, a pilot project that brings clean water to areas with high levels of contamination, severe health needs, poverty and minimal access to basic services.

Specially-designed filtered water barrels that cost no more than $500 to build enable families, health centers and schools to have clean water, even in the most toxic areas.

Working with the local community and tradesmen, the water barrels were installed in rural houses and shelters. If maintained, these filtered water barrels will last up to 50 years.

“Once you see and meet the families that are so in need of clean water you realize how lucky you are just to be able to bring up your children in a safe place with a supply of clean water,” said Trudie.

Winning many accolades over the years for her work in the environment, in 2010 Trudie launched an organic food brand in the UK called, Lake House Table. She is truly unstoppable.**

Daryl Hannah, a high profile actress best known for films such as Kill Bill, Blade Runner and Splash, is also known for her activism in preserving Planet Earth. Through her website, she focuses on stories about human rights, environmental preservation, and the welfare and protection of other species.

A subject dear to her heart, Daryl works with Amazonwatch.org, a non-profit that protects the rainforest and advances the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. Most recently Daryl aided Amazon Watch with the Peruvian Amazon Achuar Indigenous Leaders and demanded during a stakeholders meeting in Los Angeles that Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), clean up their pollution in the rainforest.

Between 1971 and 2000, Oxy drilled more than 150 wells and built nearly 300 miles of roads in the formerly intact Amazon rainforest homeland of the Achuar indigenous people. For every barrel of oil Oxy produced in Peru, they dumped eight barrels of toxic wastewater into the Amazon. The Achuar ask that Oxy take full responsibility for cleaning up the environmental disaster it left behind when it departed after 30 years.

From this tireless effort from Daryl and Amazon Watch, this indigenous tribe won an appeal in December for this human rights and environmental lawsuit. This is major victory for the indigenous people of Peru and the preservation of their rainforest.

Daryl’s work has not gone unnoticed; she is truly an eco warrior of the highest good.**
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Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center By DVM Pia Martin KSTR Wildlife Vet

Found abandoned and alone
Another live saved!

The Wildlife Rescue Center was very busy in 2010 and it was also very successful. We received 116 injured, sick, or orphaned animals, which is 37 more than we received in 2009. Most of them were titi monkeys and both species of sloths, the 3 toed and the 2 toed. However we also treated porcupines, kinkajous, white face monkeys, howler monkeys, ocelots (a wild cat also know as the Dwarf Leopard), and even one otter, among others! Our success rate is increasing year after year, right now with a remarkable statistic of over 50% release percentage. We feel very enthusiastic by this number considering that other wildlife rescue centers barely release up to third of the animals accepted.
The Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center is the only rehabilitation center in the whole central pacific area and is becoming transcendental to the survival of the rainforest animals. We are treating animals hit by cars, electrocuted, sick with digestive problems, pneumonia, and many orphaned babies. We also work alongside ICE to prevent more electrocutions through our monkey bridge program and MINAET to rescue and rehabilitate confiscated animals that were once poached to be pets.
However this all costs a lot of money and unfortunately we have to depend on what our KSTR Souvenir Store sells and personal donations. Due to the economical crisis worldwide we have truly suffered financially.

Our budget per months includes:

1.   Maintenance of the 4 acres of secondary forest at the rescue center in the heart of Manuel Antonio

2.   The Vet and Wildlife Caretakers house

3.   The Medical Vet Clinic

4.   The rehabilitation and quarantine cages

5.   The best nutrition available for the food plan of each animal

6.   Fulltime veterinary care

7.   Animal caretaker working 24/7

8.   Night Guard

These costs come to an amazing $2000 per month. We want to continue growing just like we have, we want to rescue and release more animals; and the only way is with your help. We need to continue accepting all the wildlife in need, to be able to help them all, we don’t want to have to turn any away due to lack of economic resources.  We also have an extensive wish list for more and better veterinary equipment.

If you care for the rainforest and its wildlife, please help us with this noble cause.  There are two ways of doing it:

  • Come to our Souvenir Store and Shop.  100% of the proceeds go to save the rainforest.  (You can also make a donation or adoption in the store).

Please come shop in our store, it is open 7 days a week from 7 AM until 10 PM.  If you want more information you can call us at 2777 2592 or send an email to:  Janine@kidssavingtherainforest.org

So you can get a great deal, buy a great gift, and safe the rainforest at the same time!  It is a win-win situation and the rainforest thanks you!