Mother being followed by a baby on a Monkey Bridge
By Jenny Thelan, Volunteer and Pre-Vet Student at Iowa State
Have you ever seen the blue ropes hanging around Manuel Antonio and Quepos? Those aren’t just any ropes, those are known as monkey bridges, and they’re very important for the conservation for all the monkeys in the area. The monkey bridges hanging way up in the trees over the road help provide safe paths for monkeys (and other animals) to travel safely over the roads. This helps prevent numerous vehicle accidents where monkeys are hit by cars, and also helps prevent the monkeys from using electrical wires and getting electrocuted.
By Jennifer Rice
We are thrilled that hotel owners and wedding planners unanimously agreed to stop setting off fireworks in Manuel Antonio due to their negative impact on the wildlife and environment here!
Fireworks create a very serious problem and a very dangerous one for the rainforest. We have found that most people do not want to cause harm to the wildlife of our area, that is part of the reason they are visiting or living here. But ignorance (which means “lack of knowledge, education and unawareness of something, often of something important”) is the main culprit. So by writing this article, people will now know the effects of fireworks on the wildlife and the environment, and will understand the seriousness of it.
By Sabine Seifert
I learned about KSTR last year when I first spoke with Pía, the KSTR Wildlife Vet. We were talking about my Educational Program in “Project Management” and how it is a way to improve the efficiency in a business project. KSTR was interested in learning about it and I was interested in putting it to work. KSTR consists of dedicated people with a keen sense of the environment and filled with fantastic ideas. To implement these ideas formally we began with the project “Kids Saving the Rainforest Strategic Planning and Organization for 2012/2013″. This plan serves as a structured framework in organizational developmental processes. The team consists of Costa Rican, American and German members.
This month KSTR has been working hard on a strategic plan to move us forward. We have all the projects: Wildlife Rescue Center, Monkey Bridges, Wildlife Sanctuary, Reforestation, Organic Gardens for the wildlife we care for, and a new Volunteer Center and Program to educate students, biologists, vets, teachers about the rainforest and how they can help to save it.
We are very proud of our efforts to save the rainforest, but we have run into a little problem of not being able to fund them!
So we have a new Fundraising Director, Scott Braman, who is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a Fulbright Scholar who lived and worked with remote tribes in Ecuador’s Amazon. Scott is currently making important documentaries in LA, check out his website to see his work: http://www.scottcbraman.com/
Welcome aboard Scott!
With Scott’s help we have come up with several ways to raise donations and wanted to share them with you!
KSTR has been expanding rapidly and we are excited to share it with you! We have just completed a new volunteer center at our Wildlife Sanctuary with bunkrooms and deluxe rooms. We have a great program set up for all types of volunteers; long term, short term, and Zoo Keeper experiences. We are accepting student groups from Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools, from around the world. We have university groups from Costa Rica as well and are expanding to include high schools on International field trips.
If you would like more information, please contact Pablo, our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Vernita Gundy
Self Sufficient Living… HMMMMMM…What is that? I am a US citizen who lives in the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and although I’ve heard of self-sufficient living, I have never learned what it actually meant until now. Self-sufficient living means self reliance in learning to grow your own, make your own, sell your own and bake your own, for homesteading, urban homesteading or mini farms.
I’ve been in Costa Rica volunteering for Kids Saving the Rainforest the last 3 months and I have slowly started to understand what it is all about and how important it is to change our way of living so we can all be on this earth for years to come.
By Volunteer Christine Ellenburg
Some animals are happy to be pets, like cats, dogs and fish. Other animals want to live in the wild, like monkeys. My name is Nina and I’m a spider monkey. I started off happily in the wild.
Life was great I would wake up in the morning to the “hooo doottt hooo doottt” of the Motmots. I would go for breakfast with my brother Manny or a swing with my sister Stella until one day I woke up to a different sound…