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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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

 

 

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

 

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.