JULY 29-31, 2013 REPORT – KSTR RESCUE CENTER
By Gerente Pia Martin
• 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.
• 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.
• JULY 5. TOLOMUCO. Santa Juana Private Reserve. Explored around and climbed a tree.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
-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.
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.
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