Our Adoption Program has changed to a SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM!!

All funds received through our site go to Kids Saving the Rainforest, a 501(c) 3 US non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the endangered mono titi monkey and Costa Rica’s Rainforest.

 

Sponsorship levels describe what your dollars will accomplish for funding each critical project or rescue and release or sanctuary care for that type of animal.  These funds are used immediately for our ongoing programs and for helping the animals in our care. New short term projects  are supported through specific project fundraisers which are listed at the bottom of our Razoo DONATE page.  This includes options for you to create your own campaign for your group through Razoo. To Learn More about each program and project please go here:

http://kidssavingtherainforest.org/sponsorship-levels/

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New Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour!!

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Who’s been here to experience our tour? What ! You have never been? Check out what you’re missing! Tours will start up again on 12/22, so book your reservation!

New Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) Wildlife Tour

By Dani Dion, Doglandia Manager and KSTR Volunteer

KIDS SAVING THE RAINFOREST, (so named when it was started 15 years ago by two 9-year old girls), specializes in the RESCUE & RELEASE of wild animals. There are SO many special success stories to share and hear from the animal caretaker! However, there are many animals, which cannot be released, and KSTR offers safe sanctuary to them. They are given an environment in which they can thrive and enjoy life, along with great nourishment and care! As you can imagine, this takes a good deal of time and money to run a rescue center/sanctuary, which is primarily funded from donations, volunteer stays and tours.

KSTR is a registered non-profit organization in the US, and one of the few MINAE-approved, legal rescue centers in the country.

We invite you to take this special TOUR and come see the dedication and love it takes to help save these rainforest animals—over 130 animals every year.

Meet our precious Monkeys up close—the endangered Titi Squirrel, Whiteface Capuchin, Spiders, Marmosets, and Tamarins!

Other animals like a kinkajou, a porcupine and different parrots and more will also be seen on the tour!

-One of our Animal Caretakers will take you through the Wildlife Sanctuary so you can see and learn about wildlife animals.

-Our Vet Tech will introduce you to a 2 toed or 3-toed sloth or another recently rescued animal being rehabilitated and being prepped for release in our Rescue Center Clinic. You will have a close, clear view through our clinic window and appreciate the care given to these animals.

-You will also walk through the largest enclosed cage in Central America and see animals all around you!

-A light snack will be served after the 2-hour tour!

-Donation of:-$40 for adults and $25 for children under 18!

The tour is located about 7kms outside of Quepos Central on the property of the Blue Banyan Inn, part of a 70 acre property that has a mountain view and are surrounded by primary and secondary rainforests!

The tour is available Monday, Wednesday,Friday and Sunday
from 9 to 11 AM. Reservations are necessary. Special tours for groups can also be arranged.

You can drive there or have KSTR arrange transportation, (which is not included in the tour price). For directions go to bluebanyaninn.com

Please contact volunteer@kstr.org or call us at 2777-2572 or 1548 or 2592 to make arrangements. You will enjoy this special tour, the only one of its kind in the area and learn so much more about KIDS SAVING THE RAINFOREST and how you can help save the rainforest!

A Day in the Life at KSTR

Do you really want to know what goes on here on a day-to-day basis? We live in Costa Rica on a beautiful property with over 70 animals that have to be fed twice a day.

Our mornings start at 7am with the cleaning of all the cages and food containers and then we proceed at 8am with the chopping of all of the fruits and veggies for the AM feeding. Then we must make sure all of the animals are taken care of: sanctuary,rescue center and the animals in the clinic. Certain animals need meds, goats milk or nan milk formula before even getting their actual food. Then cage by cage we deliver the food to our monkeys, kinkajous, raccoons, birds, porcupines and a squirrel.

 

food prep          Volunteer Martie Stothoff prepping food in the monkey kitchen

038FYI…we no longer feed animals bread…just in case you were wondering!

Feeding normally takes about 1 hour and up to 1 1/2hrs. Sometimes the marmoset monkeys like to play try to get me by escaping during the food delivery!  During  the feedings we do a count to make sure all of the animals are accounted for, check for injuries and check for any holes in the cages so that there are no escapees aka MARMOSETS!

alex volunteerFood delivery by volunteer Alex Jimenez

Once the animals are fed, there’s always work to be done . Enriching the animal’s cages plays a huge part in keeping the animals engaged and healthy so they can enjoy living out there lives at our sanctuary. Our volunteers play a huge part in the daily care taking and without them it would make it very difficult to do.

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cage enrichment

cage enrichment 2Getting enrichment ready for the cages

 

lily and barb electrocuted monkey

electrocuted titiAt any given time we can get a injured animal and we have to be ready to treat them.

alexmanVolunteer Alex Jimenez helping to release a titi monkey

 When we’re not feeding the animals we try to squeeze in some clicker training, which will come in handy when we need to weigh,give  shots or exam the animals.

clicker trainingBarb Braman and Vet Tech Sam Trull clicker training spider monkeys Darwin and Nina

observationsAt times when we are introducing animals for the first time into a cage, volunteers  need to do observations to make sure no fighting is going on and everyone is getting along. Observations are very important because you can also find out which one is the dominant animal.

We also have daily tours to educate tourist about Kids Saving the Rainforest and the animals that we care for everyday.

barb talking about marmosetsBarb Braman educating a group about marmosets

Besides taking care of our animals we do get to do fun things like making our own cheese  and learning about gardening.

cheese3Seanna Daise and Carissa Ward making mozzarella cheese

chip explaining pineapple plantationFinca Owner Chip Braman discussing what should be planted next in the garden

Our day starts with feeding and ends with feeding with activities in between  and  at the end of the day we have happy healthy full belly animals.

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Although we do feedings everyday twice a day, everyday is alway a different experience and full of surprises! So feel free to follow  our blog or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Saving-the-Rainforest/146280833519 or visit our website: http://kidssavingtherainforest.org

simonsquirrelPhoto courtesy of Primatography/Sam Trull

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

 

Bringing Breakfast to the Monkeys

Kids Saving the Rainforest has partnered with Blue Banyan Inn to bring a wealth of new volunteer opportunities to visitors interested in learning more about the local rainforest and its inhabitants. Check out our latest press release below.

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 and dedicated to the preservation of local rainforests and their inhabitants, is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Blue Banyan Inn. Located minutes from Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s premiere beach and national park destination, the Blue Banyan Inn is an environmentally friendly bed and breakfast offering visitors a truly unique vacation experience. In addition to their three luxury cottages, landscaped pool and waterfall, and open-air restaurant on the grounds, Blue Banyan has its own animal sanctuary, managed by KSTR. The sanctuary, which houses a wide variety animals including endangered tamarins, marmosets, and raccoons, is a part of KTSR’s ongoing efforts to study, breed, and repopulate species, while at the same time educating people about environmental preservation.

KSTR and the Blue Banyan Inn are currently seeking new volunteers to help maintain the sanctuary, while at the same time indulging in all that the Inn and Costa Rica have to offer. “We are incredibly excited for volunteers to come and have the chance to learn more about these little guys,” says Barbara Thompson, one of the caretakers at the sanctuary who has helped hand-raised over a dozen marmosets and is intimately involved with caring for the sanctuary’s 22 current inhabitants.

“When I was a little girl, I told my friends I always wanted to have a finger monkey, and I was so excited because here I got to hold and feed one,” said Amy-Lynn Ness, a recent guest at Blue Banyan Inn who took advantage of the volunteer opportunity.

No experience is necessary to take part in this hands-on educational experience. Anyone over the age of 6 is welcome, with parental supervision needed for those under 18. Volunteers work with staff at KSTR to care for the wildlife, having the opportunity to feed and raise monkeys as well as build and enhance animal enclosures. “We especially need help with the babies who require feeding every two hours during of the first couple weeks of their lives,” said Barbara.

Additional educational opportunities exist to learn horticulture and botanical gardening techniques in Blue Banyan’s nurseries, and assist in the construction of trails and labyrinths. All volunteers have the option of spending anywhere from one week to several months as part of Blue Banyan’s ecologically sustainable community.

Blue Banyan Inn is located on Finca Azul, 8 miles outside of Quepos, Costa Rica and is American owned and operated.

Kids Saving the Rainforest’s mission is to educate children about the rainforest, preserve local rainforest land, rehabilitate and provide sanctuary for wildlife in need, and ensure the survival of the Titi monkey.

Those interested in volunteering at Blue Banyan Inn’s animal sanctuary should contact Jennifer Rice at (506) 2777-2592 or jennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org for more information, prices, and to make a reservation.

Rica, August 10, 2010. Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), a 501 (c)(3)non-profit organization founded in 1999 and dedicated to the preservation of local rainforests
and their inhabitants, is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Blue Banyan
Inn. Located minutes from Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s premiere beach and national park
destination, the Blue Banyan Inn is an environmentally friendly bed and breakfast offering
visitors a truly unique vacation experience. In addition to their three luxury cottages, landscaped
pool and waterfall, and open-air restaurant on the grounds, Blue Banyan has its own animal
sanctuary, managed by KSTR. The sanctuary, which houses a wide variety animals including
endangered tamarins, marmosets, and raccoons, is a part of KTSR’s ongoing efforts to study,
breed, and repopulate species, while at the same time educating people about environmental
preservation.

KSTR and the Blue Banyan Inn are currently seeking new volunteers to help maintain the
sanctuary, while at the same time indulging in all that the Inn and Costa Rica have to offer. “We
are incredibly excited for volunteers to come and have the chance to learn more about these
little guys,” says Barbara Thompson, one of the caretakers at the sanctuary who has helped
hand-raised over a dozen marmosets and is intimately involved with caring for the sanctuary’s
22 current inhabitants.

“When I was a little girl, I told my friends I always wanted to have a finger monkey, and I was so
excited because here I got to hold and feed one,” said Amy-Lynn Ness, a recent guest at Blue
Banyan Inn who took advantage of the volunteer opportunity.

No experience is necessary to take part in this hands-on educational experience. Anyone over
the age of 6 is welcome, with parental supervision needed for those under 18. Volunteers work
with staff at KSTR to care for the wildlife, having the opportunity to feed and raise monkeys as
well as build and enhance animal enclosures. “We especially need help with the babies who
require feeding every two hours during of the first couple weeks of their lives,” said Barbara.

Additional educational opportunities exist to learn horticulture and botanical gardening
techniques in Blue Banyan’s nurseries, and assist in the construction of trails and labyrinths. All
volunteers have the option of spending anywhere from one week to several months as part of
Blue Banyan’s ecologically sustainable community.

Blue Banyan Inn is located on Finca Azul, 8 miles outside of Quepos, Costa Rica and is
American-owned and operated.

Kids Saving the Rainforest’s mission is to educate children about the rainforest, preserve local
rainforest land, rehabilitate and provide sanctuary for wildlife in need, and ensure the survival of
the Titi monkey.