What a year!!! What’s to come in 2014?

Wow, as I sit here and review our holiday newsletter from last year, it is absolutely amazing of the progress and changes KSTR has been through.

Since moving the rescue center to BBI in Mar 2013, we’ve had several animals come and go. Some have survived and been released back into the rainforest and some are still here growing and gaining strength for releases in the future. Unfortunately, some have also passed away but I assure you that their time here was pleasurable.

Our Vet tech Sam Trull has learned so much on her own, from our Gerente Vet Pia Martin and even from other animal caretakers in other countries. Sam’s knowledge has strengthened incredibly and we are so proud of her and that she’s on our KSTR team.

Pia Martin has and will always be an integral part of caring for the animals during the days she visits us to do check-ups. We continue to support and learn from her. Her monthly wildlife report keeps us and our supporters up to date on the statuses of the rescue center and sanctuary.

The multi species enclosure is completed!! Currently we have 8 titi monkeys and a porcupine living in it. We are still in the process of learning about which animals can live there in harmony. We’ve enriched the enclosure with more trees, plants and blue rope for the animals. We’ve added an additional door to make it easier to feed them.

Vernita Gundy has taken to wearing several hats for our organization. She is not only the Volunteer Coordinator but is also the Administrative Assistant and the BBI Hostess. She steps in at any given time whenever she is needed!


Dani Dion who’s been part of our team for quite some time took on a huge responsibility to help out a man with a terminal illness who had several dogs that he asked us to help find homes for in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. To date we’ve adopted out 7 of the dogs and still with the possibility to receive more in the coming months.

Dani also continues to help out with the animal feeding and anything else that goes on at the sanctuary. Her official title is Canine Captain, Monkey management & Wildlife caterer. Wow …that’s a fancy job! J


Hannah Lindstrom, our repeat volunteer who just can’t stay away from us extended her stay here as an intern to assist in the research, releasing and tracking of Al the anteater. She has come to love Al and although she will be sad to see him go, she will be very happy to see him return to where he belongs………back in the rainforest.


Oh and to top it all off, we’ve had an incredible volunteer season! But wait there’s more…….incredible donations from funding to supplies brought to us from people visiting Costa Rica and the local community helping us transport animals.

We are creating awareness, growing and making so many improvements here that we can’t even keep up! And you know what? We love every minute of it and we hope everyone will continue on this journey with us.

I really wish I could type every single person/group that has played a part in our growth but it’s impossible. There are two words that I can say though, “THANK YOU!”  We hope to do it all again in 2014!! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!


KSTR Crew and KSTR animals




Sadly another electrocuted Titi Monkey





It really breaks our hearts when an electrocuted titi monkey is brought to us. To help prevent this from happening we need more blue monkey bridges here in Costa Rica or wherever in the world there are monkeys who are climbing and walking on electrical wires.

Please pray for this little one Barb and Lily are trying their best to nurse it back to health so it can return to the wild and be with its’ troop.

Get well little one!!!

This is why Monkey Bridges are needed here in Costa Rica




Here at KSTR we always try our best to nurse back any injured animals and if they can not be released again, we have them live out there lives at our Wildlife and Rescue Center. Please pray for this little titi monkey! You can donate a monkey bridge for $100 to prevent the monkeys from getting electrocuted.

Sam Trull our Vet Tech is taking care or him: http://tmblr.co/ZX_HntgmXc5t


Kids Saving The Rainforest Monkey Bridges


April 2013

By Jennifer Rice PhD, President of Kids Saving the Rainforest

In the year 2000, a group called Amigos Del Monos came to Kids Saving the
Rainforest (KSTR) and told us that they could not get ICE, (the Electric
Company), to help them put up monkey bridges. They felt that KSTR could
get their attention.

Luckily we were able to do so and the KSTR Monkey Bridge Program was
started. Here is what most people want to know when learning about our

· KSTR works with ICE & our KSTR Monkey Bridge team; Rocio, Lenin, and

· To date we have put up over 170 bridges & maintained them on a
monthly basis.

· Currently there are 130 functioning monkey bridges.

· The others have come down because of development and loss of monkey

· We put up a bridge wherever there is a need for one, where a monkey
has been electrocuted or hit.

· They are used to keep monkeys away from live wires and from getting
hit by cars.

· We make sure the branches of trees don’t grow into live wires near

· Where troops can’t reach other troops for breeding, we put bridges.

· The rope for the bridges is very costly and each bridge costs $100
to put up!

·The Titi monkey has been on the critically endangered UN list since

· All of this subspecies live in our area.

· At the last official count there were estimated to be only 1200 of
this subspecies left in the world.

· Our unofficial data by Lenin Roseles states that we now have over
3000 Titis!

· We are going to be doing an official count as soon as possible.

· KSTR is very grateful to have helped make saving this species

· Please support our monkey bridge program by adopting a bridge.

· If you want a bridge, please go to adopt a bridge at:

Thanks so much for reading this article and please contact us if you want
more information. You can also visit our Souvenir Store where 100% of the
proceeds go to save the rainforest. It is located at the Hotel Mono Azul
in Manuel Antonio.

Jennifer Rice
Kids Saving The Rainforest