Releasing a kinkajou at Midworld

We really love our animals at our sanctuary but it’s always exciting when we get to release our animals that have been rescued!

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Thank you to Midworld Ziplining for letting us release the kinkajou on your gorgeous property! We know he will enjoy his new home!!

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KSTR is launching a new project………… GPS Collar Program

 

We have a new and exciting project that we are working on and Kids Saving the Rainforest needs your support. One of our main missions at KSTR is to rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild.  Sometimes these are adult animals who have been electrocuted, hit by a car, attacked by dogs etc.  Sometimes these are orphaned baby animals that are hand raised by us and then trained to be able to live in the wild.  One of the most important aspects of a release is monitoring the animals AFTER the release has occurred in order to really know if they are going to be ok out in the wild.  As you can imagine, it is particularly important to monitor hand-raised animals as they have not been trained by their real mothers!

We would like to start a new post-release monitoring program at KSTR using GPS collars.  GPS collars are collars that use GPS technology in order to track where an animal is going throughout the day.  These collars are so specific that it can tell us where the animal is located down to the exact tree!  They also have the ability to tell us if the animal is active or resting.  This information would allow us to know where the animal is located, how far they are traveling throughout the day, how active they are, where they are going and for how long etc.  All information that would be invaluable in assessing their progress in learning how to live in the wild!  Even better is that the GPS collars can be re-used for future animals and they can be programmed to drop off after a certain amount of time (say 6 months) so that the animal doesn’t have to be re-caught in order to get the collar back.  Basically, these collars are amazing and they would really help us save animals and get them back into the wild in a responsible and scientific manner.  Unfortunately because the collars are so amazing they are also relatively expensive and to get started with the GPS collar program we need $6,000.  Donations are needed to continue using the GPS collar for future releases.

 

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The first animal that we are trying to put a GPS collar on is Al the anteater. He is so curious, so sweet, and really belongs to be free!  He came to the KSTR rescue center when he was about a month old after his mom was hit by a car and killed.  You can learn much more about Al and our other animals that need GPS collars by going to: www.kidssavingtherainforest.org

We plan to take this campaign to the internet and really get a fundraiser going to raise the money to start this ground breaking program.  If you think you would like to help get this started you would be supporting something that has never been done before in Costa Rica at a wildlife rescue center!  We will be making history!

Thank you for supporting KSTR!!!

 

Bird watching and you found a baby…..so now what?

 

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Most birdwatchers who find a young bird automatically want to care and feed the bird. It is strongly recommended that you not do this. You are more likely to do more harm than good.

Instead, examine the bird for injuries. If hurt, take it to a local veterinarian or call your local conservation department for the nearest wildlife rehabilitator.

Uninjured Baby Birds

If you find an uninjured baby bird you will need to determine whether or not it is really an orphaned bird. The best way is to determine if it is a nestling or a fledgling. Most young birds that are found are really just young fledglings that can’t fly well.

 

In order to determine whether the bird is a nestling or a fledgling allow the baby bird to perch on your finger. If it is able to grip your finger firmly than it is a fledgling.

The best thing to do in this case is to place it in a nearby tree or shrub and leave it alone. The parents will continue to care and feed it on their own.

If the bird is not able to cling to your finger, than it most likely a nestling. If this is the case try to locate the nest. Most of the time it will be close by and well hidden. Place the bird back in the nest.

If the nest cannot be found, try lining a small berry basket with tissue and tying the basket to a tree. Place the young bird in the basket and leave it alone. The parents will take care of it once you leave. If cats are a problem, keep them indoors for a couple of days. If it is neighboring cats or predators you fear, try to move the bird out of harms way. Move it to dense shrubbery.

Many bird deaths are caused by well-meaning people. It would be better that the young bird were caught by a predator than be tortured by a slow traumatic death caused by improper feeding and stress from a caring but uninformed individual.

 

Hand-Feeding Birds

Should you hand-feed birds that you have found? The short answer is no. Young birds need to be fed every 15 to 20 minutes from sunrise to sunset. Most people are not able to provide this much time and effort in raising young birds.

 

Be Advised – It Is Illegal To Possess Wild Animals Yes, holding wild birds in captivity is illegal.

Not only do young birds need to eat every 15 to 20 minutes during daylight hours, each bird species diet is different. Some bird species diet will change from the nestling phase to the fledgling phase of their development. Do you know exactly what the bird eats?

The question asked is “why do birds that are not able to fly, leave the nest?” To us humans, home is a warm and safe environment. For birds, the nest can be a dangerous place. Predators can attack the whole brood leaving an unsuccessful nesting season.

It is in the best interest of the young birds to not only leave the nest quickly, but it helps to be spread out from one another. This aids in limiting the number of baby birds a predator might harm. Giving the young the greatest chance at survival.

 

What Can I Do?

While it is understandable why one would want to help young birds, the best thing is to leave them alone.

If cats are a problem, keep them indoors for a couple of days. If it is neighboring cats or predators you fear, try to move the bird out of harms way by placing the bird in dense shrubbery.

Many bird deaths are caused by well-meaning people. It would be better that the young bird were caught by a predator than be tortured by improper feeding and stress from a caring but uninformed individual.

Without knowing the mental state of the young bird you are unable to know whether you are being a comfort or stressing it to death. Wild animals do not want to be petted.

Without the proper license and training, your best bet is to leave wild baby birds alone. Nature as we all know, is not always kind, but it is perfect.

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!