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Primate Art Enrichment

 Primate art enrichmentBy Biologist Pedro

Some primates are incredibly intelligent and need enrichment for their well-being. KSTR’s biologist, Pedro came up with amazing enrichment for them. Here is his story:

From cave paintings to Banksy, painting has almost always being considered a human´s art; but when you take the white canvas and vibrant paint that served as the starting point for the great painters (Picasso, Van Gogh, etc.), and give them to the white faced monkeys, (capuchins), Georgia, Hector, and Hugo at the KSTR sanctuary you get art too! Armed with the strongest paper we could buy, and non-toxic paint, we went inside the painters cage!
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1st Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Conference in Costa Rica

Monos TitiBy Pia Martin, DVM, Wildlife Vet for KSTR 

Kids Saving the Rainforest wants to invite the whole Quepos Community to come, participate, and support the First Ever Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Conference in Costa Rica. 

It will take place from August 7 through the 11th, with participation of around 200 people from all over the country. We will have fieldtrips, presentations, posters, and workshops. To be a sponsor and support this exceptional event please write to congresorescate@gmail.com, your help from $50 to $5000 will indeed help save the lives of many wild animals and help to release them back into the wild.  

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Saving the Sloths: KSTR Sloth Rehabilitation and Release Program

Baby SlothBy Mary Elizabeth Wallace, KSTR volunteer

For over the past 14 years Kids Saving the Rainforest has been rehabilitating and rereleasing sloths back into the rainforests of Manuel Antonio. It all started with Buddy, a baby three- toed sloth who was brought to us on News Years Day in 2000 by a young neighbor.  Buddy was weaned back to health, taught the important survival skills that his mother would have and was successfully released back into the wild.

In total KSTR has rereleased over 20 three- toed sloths and one two-toed sloth with our Sloth Rehabilitation and Release Program.

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

KSTR tourWow, 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.

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Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) Wildlife Tour

Titi monkeyBy 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.

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Are rescued Squirrel Monkeys suitable for release to the wild?

By M.Sc. Daniela Solano-Rojas, President, Fundación Saimiri
dsolano@fundacionsaimiri.org 

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

In 1999 when I started my career at the University of Costa Rica, I never imagined that an organization started by 2 kids willing to save the rainforest in tropical Costa Rica would be such an important inspiration to my future work. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest started as a dream of Janine Licare and Aislin Livingston when they were only 9 years old, back in 1999. They both saw the rainforest disappearing and the negative impact of this on the animals, particularly the Squirrel monkeys. After 13 years, the KSTR role in the conservation of Central Pacific Squirrel Monkeys has been astonishing. Rescued animals and monkey bridges are some of the highlights. 

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Kids Saving the RainForest – November 2013

By Vernita Gundy: KSTR Volunteer Coordinator

Wow, where do we begin? So much has gone on since last month!

We had a good volunteer season with groups like True Nature Education and the BBYO Group. We also had some amazing new volunteers and return volunteers join us this summer. I would like to thank the following volunteers for spending time with us :

Seanna Daise, Jackie and Jaelyn Graber, Kensey Cross, Kerstin Johnson, Michelle Ogilvie, Will Koenig, Dominic and Zack Rauzi, and Hannah Lindstrom. We hope all of you will return in the years to come! 

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Baby Raccoons: Orphaned, Abandoned, or is the Mother Out Foraging to Feed the Babies?

By Sam Trull, Wildlife Vet Tech, Janine Licare, co-founder, & Jennifer Rice, President 

It is baby raccoon season!  We have recently gotten many calls about abandoned baby raccoons. If you have a raccoon in your roof or walls, please read this! 

Here are solutions on how to deal with raccoons:

Once you know how they’re getting in, find out if your unwanted guests happen to be a mother raccoon with young. If so, the best thing to do is wait a few weeks until the babies grow old enough to leave with their mother—they won’t survive without her.  (We have a mother and babies living in our roof and we have to wait until they are fully grown to shut the entrance they created in our roof.) 

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What To Do If You Find A Baby Bird

Baby birdBy Vernita Gundy, KSTR Volunteer Coordinator 

How many of you out there in your lifetime have found a baby bird and took it home, put it in a box and tried your best to be a substitute “Mama” bird? 

Most of us who find a young bird automatically want to care and feed the bird. But did you know it is strongly recommended that you not do this? Believe it or not, you are more likely to do more harm than good. So, what do you do instead? Examine the bird for injuries, if hurt take it to a local veterinarian or call MINAE. 

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How You Can Be Green and Contribute to a Healthier Planet!

Below we have listed some ideas to help you be environmentally aware.

When cooling your house keep the following in mind: 

  • A ceiling fan uses a lot less energy than air conditioners.
  • When you have to use the air conditioner, remember to keep your thermostat at 80 to 82 degrees to save energy.
  • Keep your ceiling fan on when you have the air conditioner on, it will improve you’re air conditioner’s efficiency.
  • Be sure all doors and windows are closed when using the air, and curtains closed when the sun is coming through the windows, as the sun will heat up the room.
  • Seal all air leaks in your rooms so the cold air won’t escape.
  • There is great news about the Old Wife’s tale that it uses more energy to turn lights on and off than to leave them on.  That is what it is, just an Old Wife’s tale, it is not true!  If you are going to be out of the room for more than a minute you should turn them off.
  • As most of you already know, use energy efficient light bulbs.  They are great for saving energy and helping reduce energy usage. 

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We would like to welcome the two newest members of the KSTR team!

Vernita Gundy our new Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, she volunteered for us 2 years ago and moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US and plans to keep us on track and manage the incoming flow of volunteers throughout the year.

Samantha Trull our new Vet Tech volunteered for us 2 years ago too. Sam hails from Durham, North Carolina in the US and is also a primatologist/photographer. She has already taken amazing pictures of the orphans/rescue animals for us at KSTR.

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Kids Saving The Rainforest Monkey Bridges

Monkeys Crossing a Bridge

Monkeys Crossing a Bridge

By Jennifer Rice PhD

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. 

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Important Rescue Center Update~Rescue Center Moving!!!

We moved the Rescue Center out to our Wildlife Sanctuary on March 15th, 2013. Please print this and keep it handy in case you find a wild animal that is abandoned, hurt, or injured. 

Abandoned baby animal:  Be sure the mother is not nearby or out getting food for the baby.  Do not touch the baby until you are sure the baby is abandoned, unless the baby is in danger of being attacked by dogs or other animals. 

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Kids Saving the Rainforest wishes you a Happy Valentine‘s Day!

By Jennifer Rice

The animals of the rainforest wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day and want to thank you for helping them!  We have a great idea for your list of Valentines.  Give them a Valentine’s Day Card with a certificate in their name on the inside.  It will be pretty on the outside and one of a kind, made by volunteers!  On the inside will be a certificate that can be framed.  Make a donation of $20 or more and we will give you a certificate in the name of your loved one, which makes a perfect Valentine’s Day card.  Spread some love and save the wildlife! We sincerely appreciate your support in helping us to continue our lifesaving work with the wildlife in our area!  

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Happy New Year from Kids Saving the Rainforest!

By Jennifer Rice

Great things are happening here at KSTR with more exciting things to come during the new year!

We have received permission to move our Rescue Center to the Finca in the country, which is also where the KSTR Sanctuary, sustainable farm and the Blue Banyan Inn are located. Our official move date is 3/15/2013.

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