He’s getting so big!!

He's getting so big!!

Simon our varigated squirrel posing just for you. He’s grown so much since he was brought to us after being rescued by Iguana Tours. Keep growing big boy !

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Check out what our Gerente Pia Martin reported about the Rescue Center/Sanctuary!

JULY 29-31, 2013 REPORT – KSTR RESCUE CENTER
By Gerente Pia Martin

New animals

• 2013-07-056. ARMADILLO. This juvenile male was attacked by a dog, who probably fractured the spine. It had severe deep wound in the lumbar area and was completely paralitic. We had to put him down.

• 2013-07-057. VARIGATED SQUIRREL (SIMON). This baby squirrel was found on the ground. When it arrived it weighed 100grs and had eyes and ears still closed. Today he weighs 172 grams, has eyes wide open and ears. Two small teeth are starting to grow. He is having special milk 4 times a day and will start trying out veggies and fruits now.

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• 2013-07-058- 60. 3 BABY RACOONS. They are all between 1 and 2 months old. Are in quarantine period, getting dewormed, healing wound in the ear and an arm. Later, when they are used to the new special milk, they will be introduced to the other baby raccoons.
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Updates:

RELEASES: 

• JULY 5. TOLOMUCO. Santa Juana Private Reserve. Explored around and climbed a tree.

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• JULY 12. SILKY ANTEATER. Primary Rainforest Backside of property, Naranjito. Very fast, went up a series of thing vines and disappeared into the canopy.

• JULY 19. TITI MONKEY. Released in La Foresta, La Managua, Quepos by himself since he is an adult male. He can recognize the area and search for his troop.

• JULY 26. WHITE FACE MONKEY. Released with her troop in Los Altos, Manuel Antonio, Quepos. The troop was very eager to see her again.

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CLINIC:

• Raccoons. With the new milk, they are growing fast and gaining weight. They are starting to explore and walk around, trying veggies, fruits, and egg.

• Parakeets. Were moved all together to a new huge enclosure (No.5), are starting to become a flock, are learning to not only fly but also to walk; are learning to eat the right diet and do exercise.

• Wild Parrot. Will be transfer to another rescue center. She has an injured wing and probably a foreign body. We cannot diagnose without an xray and she might need orthopedic surgery.

• Porcupine Ethel. Her wounds are so much better! Right now we are waiting for her scabs to fall and she needs to gain weight. Soon she will be transferred from the clinic to a rehab enclosure.

• Shrek and Annie are doing great with the medicines and they are maintaining a good weight in the 600grs. They have learned to take medication in yogurt, which they love.

• Sloths, anteater, and titi monkey babies are all gaining weight and growing.

• Harriet, the big female mom marmoset, is sick. She has lost weight, is weak and not acting as herself. We have her in the clinic, draw blood and are waiting for the results.

• DIED:

• BABY RACCOON. The wrong milk caused malnutrition and he also aspirated due to his hungriness.

• Parakeet. During the first days of the introduction period forming the new flock, the parakeets were observed during the day for any fighting. The fight occurred at night or dawn. This parakeet was found dead.

WHITE FACE MONKEY CAGE! A lot of work was done to this enclosure. First, a big 3m long x 2 m wide x 2 m high shift cage was built and enriched. The monkeys are coming into the shift cage, therefore staff and volunteers can now enter SAFELY the big enclosure. The cage is now clean on the inside. Staff has also fixed all the holes and possible holes. A tower made of metal been built to make enriching in this huge enclosure easier (it’s over 7 meters high, so ladders were not working). Although more work is needed, a great improvement was achieved! Way to go!!

SPIDER MONKEY CAGE! 25 volunteers plus Staff helped tear down all the rotten logs in the spider monkey cage, clean, put in gravel and do new enrichment. Its looking great with new bridges, swings, ropes, branches, tires, etc. Welcome all to go check it out. We still want some towers as before, but this, we understand, will take time from Rolando.

OPERANT CONDITIONING

Two weeks ago, Sam as the leader and with staff like Dani, Oseas, Vernita, and Barb, and volunteers; the operant conditioning program started. The first animals been trained are the Whiteface monkeys, Spider monkeys, Kinky, and the Tamarins. The first steps are to teach the animals to associate the clicker sound with a positive reinforecement (a treat). The trainer will click once the animal does what the trainer wants. So to begin, it may stand in the appropriate place. Later it can be move into the shift cage, let me close the shift

cage, etc. Specifically, with the white face we are working on teaching them to come (the 3) into the shift cage and be calm enough to close it and continue been calm. The spiders are also learning the same thing. With the tamarins, since they have been sick and their weight has been an issue the objective is to teach them to stand voluntarily on the scale, therefore we don’t have to catch them. This requires a lot of dedication, patience and it has to be constant.

MULTISPECIES CAGE. Had to be put on hold for a bit because of the other urgent repairs needed. Now, they started building the first shift cage for the titi monkeys.

TRAILS.

-The trail in front of enclosures 1 through 9 has been relayered with gravel. No more mud while doing tours or walking.

-A metal handle has been placed from enclosure 1 to multispecies to help staff walk down safely

-A metal short fence was also built in front of the whiteface enclosure since the bamboo one rotted. This looks much better and more official.

News on Staff

Radios were bought and almost everyone has one now (Vernita, Sam, Dani, Barb, Oseas, Ezequiel, 1 volunteer). A protocol was created to use it. Therefore communications inside the finca, rescue center and hotel are much better now.

Seeking to get a better schedule established to be able to all work together and be more efficient.

Dani is working on a way to Instruct volunteers better how to prepare diets, with measurements, labeled bowls per enclosure, and instructions on a white board.

Sam will start pasteurizing the goats milk bought to decrease the risk of transmission of diseases to the baby sloths and others taking this milk. Need to talk to neighbors and give sanitary recommendations on how to milk the animals.

Everett, in charge of the nursery, will start planting hibiscus and other plants for the animals at the rescue center.

Volunteers:

Kerstin- teacher and common volunteer, stayed almost a month

Michelle- Mother volunteered for 1 week and donated funds and supplies to KSTR

Kensey- vet student and rehabber, stayed a month

Andres & Wendy- biology students from Perez Zeledon

Joshua ‘s True Nature Education – 22 volunteers and 3 guides. One day work. Extreme Makeover Spider Monkey Edition.

Things needed-built-repaired.

Two big priorities: continue with the multispecies cage (shift cage, feeders, enrichment) and finish the enrichments in the whiteface monkey cage. Enrichment should be done as a team with most of the staff since these enclosures are so big.

Small things: in the spider monkey cage a lock is needed so that the animals can not open the window. Also a second lock in the outside door, so they don’t open and escape.

BEAUTIFYING/ SNAKE PROOFING. Cleaning up the place from old logs, construction material, old palm leaves, etc because this does not only looks messy but it’s a great place for snakes to hide, including fer-de-lance. The cleaning has begun with help of volunteers but some parts need to be done by staff because its dangerous and should be done extra carefully.

Several trails still need gravel and big rocks on the side glued with cement.

Next visit Aug 14-15

 

Our Gerente Pia Martin 2nd visit of the month

 

 

ImageTwice a month our Gerente (Sanctuary and Rescue Center Manager) Pia Martin visits the animals , here’s an insight on her visit.

JUNE 15, 2013 REPORT – KSTR RESCUE CENTER

New animals
• 2013-06-037. BABY TITI CHARLOTTE- Thin and sick. She has a Gastrointestinal infection both bacterial and fungi in origin. Is still feisty. She is receiving treatment and her appetite has improved. In clinic, away from the other baby titis meanwhile.
• 2013-06-038. ADULT WHITE FACE- brought in severely traumatized, fractured femur, lost a lot of blood. Taken for an amputation to Desiree. Died after surgery.
• 2013-06-39. BABY VIREO FLAVORENSIS. Insectivore chick. Died the next day.
• 2013-06-040. JUVENILE KINKAJOU. Confiscated from a home in Damas. Health wise ok. Under behavioral observation to see if it can be released.
• 2013-06-041. ORANGE CHINNED PARAKEET. Confiscated from same house. Adult. In good condition. Taken with the rest to Quarantine 1.
• 2013-06-042. ADULT PORCUPINE. Extremely thin, sick and with two major injuries with maggots on body. Did surgery, cleaned and debrided the wounds. One was left open with a sugar bandage, the other was closed and a drain was placed. Should continue in critical condition with plenty of fluids, food, and medications in the clinic.
• 2013-06-043. ADULT HOWLER. Electrocuted lactating female. She has first, second, and third degree burns on legs, thorax and arms. Has fever, infection, and poor appetite. Does not use her hands. Had to do surgery and amputate 2 fingers. In critical condition in the clinic.
• 2013-06-044 – 047. FOUR 3 WEEK OLD BABY RACCOONS. Are in good health but still very small: ears closed/no teeth. Feedings every 4 hours. Deworming protocol.

Updates:
• The animals neutered 2 weeks ago (ALVARITO and LITTLE JR.) recovered fine and fast. They went in the enclosures with their families after recovery without any problems.
• PELOTA (10 month old two toed sloth)- found in perfect health too. She is growing fast and steadily. She is very curious (explorer), strong, agile, and has an incredible appetite. She has been staying by herself the whole day at enclosure R2 for the last 2 weeks. Doing great. Eating by herself! And eating a lot of new things: loving red lettuce. Has also been spending time with Kermit and they have bonded. New objectives: start learning to drink suero from a bowl, milk every other day, spend more time at R2 at until 10pm by herself. Get Kermit with her during the day for a couple of hours.
• KERMIT (2 month old two toed sloth)- growing and gaining weight. Starting to eat carrots and other veggies. Spending time with Pelota. Stronger than before. Starting to go outside on trees. Cover R3 floor with palm leafs (in case he falls) and put him in the hammock with Pelota during the day.
• PESTO (Wolly opossum). Raised here. Ready to be released on Monday. Enclosure R1 should be left open with food on the inside available. He may come back at dawn. Close the door again. Open at dusk. Continue feedings at dusk so he knows he can come back. He will leave and not come back when he finds shelter and another source of food.
• Clyde- male titi monkey. Healthy, growing fast and steadily. (from to 220grs to 240grs in 15 days.)
• Bonnie- female titi monkey. Healthy, growing and gaining weight ( from 225grs to 245grs in 15 days).
• Harley- male titi monkey. Also healthy, gaining weight (260grs). They are all learning to eat by themselves at night if hungry.
• Starting to have interest in fruits, veggies and eggs. Been introduced to Peeta and Nibbles and there has not been any aggression.
• Al- the anteater. He is ready to be released. He is healthy, big, strong, knows how to forage for ants and termites. Knows how to climb and dig. He is ready. We are waiting for the gps collar. We need $3000 more to reach the goal. The idea is to soft release him and have volunteers be tracking him to monitor the release.
• Tolomuco- huge, fast, agile, can climb, jump and run, can find food that is hidden and can hunt-kill and eat live prey. He is going to be released in primary rainforest in the middle of nowhere about 40mins from Quepos in a place called Santa Juana. Hopefully this week.
• ARMADILLO- passed away after several days after surgery and trying to recover.
• OWL- still alive and recovering from surgery at Simon Bolivar Zoo.
• FARFEL AND ROMEOS BABIES- and all other marmosets are doing ok. Normal.
• SANDY was moved to Yang and Ninjas cage. They accepted her right away. No sign of aggression at any moment. She has bonded with one of the males. The other one is still included, no aggression there either, but he is a bit a far. No mating witnessed.
KENNELS. All Kennels are full (good and bad ones), do not even have a shift kennel. This means that kennels still need to be fixed: they don’t have doors, the doors don’t work, they have holes, or are broken; or in NEED of new ones. Also that we cant take in anymore animals until we release or someone dies. The 4 raccoons took the last kennel (a broken one, good thing they are still very small). Next fundraiser? Each kennel is about $100 in Costa Rica.
TRAILS.
The trail to the Rehab area is finished and beautiful.
The trail to the Quarantine area is in progress.
The stairs from the Clinic to the Bodega are done.
The trail from the bodega to the bridge is done.

MULTISPECIES CAGE. The huge structure is ready! It has 2 doors to enter the place, a ranch with 4 wooden boxes for the animals to shelter at night, day and rain. Some things are still missing: a shift cage, cement under the doors, other details. Then enrichment and planting more trees and or bushes. Then the titi monkeys will be transferred.

WASHER/DRYER- very much needed, they are now new and ready to use. For the rescue center and sanctuary animals.

As you can see there’s been a lot going on here and we will give you updates so you can see how you’re helping and how you can help us continue to save the animals!

The adopted animals of KSTR

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Kermit the sloth

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Al the Anteater

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Buster Posey the Goat

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Bonnie and Clyde the titi monkeys

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Rosie aka Pelota the Sloth

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Squawker the red lored parrot

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Fredericka the porcupine

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Harley the titi monkey

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Fly Girl aka Charlotte

 

Unfortunately we get animals all of the time that need rehabilitation before they can be released back into the wild.

Please go to: http://kidssavingtherainforest.org/donationsadoptions/ and find out how you can help too by adopting.