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Kids Saving the Rainforest & Blue Banyan Inn Symbiosis

Blue Banyon InnDid you know that Kids Saving the Rainforest manages a Bed & Breakfast to help raise funds to save the rainforest and wildlife in the area?

We realize that very few people do! KSTR has been managing the Blue Banyan Inn (BBI) for over 3 years now!

BBI (www.bluebanyaninn.com) consists of 3 luxury cottages with a panoramic view of the mountains, a spectacular swimming pool, and a beautiful restaurant for daily breakfasts, just10 minutes from Maxi Pali, 15 minutes from Quepos and Marina and 30 minutes from the National Park/main beach.

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Reforestation & Monkey Bridges

Kinkajou

Kinkajou

By Elena Crouch
Social Media intern, Student of Northeastern University

For an organization that in 2015 alone, has rescued over 218 animals and planted over 7,000 trees since they began, it’s hard to believe the modest roots of Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR). KSTR was started over seventeen years ago by two nine-year old girls whose mothers lived in Manuel Antonio. The two girls, Janine and Aislin, were witnessing the steady destruction of the rainforest in their backyard and decided to create their own organization and make a change. KSTR began as a reforestation organization, and has since grown tremendously and has developed into four main projects: reforestation, the monkey bridge program, the KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary, and the KSTR Wildlife Rescue Clinic.

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Education at Kids Saving the Rainforest

Janine & Aislin, 9 years old

Janine & Aislin, 9 yrs old

By William Westwood, Educational Intern

Hi, my name is Will and I’m here to tell you all about Kids Saving the Rainforest and the fantastic educational programs that we are currently running.

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) began in 1999 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone were 9 years old. Janine and Aislin saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and the negative impact it had on the animals, particularly the squirrel (mono titi) monkeys. They were kids who were inspired to save the precious rainforest and thus, Kids Saving the Rainforest was born!

Now, 17 years later, KSTR operates a variety of projects, including: reforestation, installation and maintenance of monkey bridges, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and terrific educational programs.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Girl Scout to Earn her Gold Award at Kids Saving the Rainforest

Slippery path before the project

Slippery path before the project.

By Delilah Barnfield

Hi, my name is Delilah Barnfield and I am 14 years old in the 9th grade. I have been a Girl Scout since I was in 1st grade in troop 6805 from Redondo Beach, CA. I love what I have learned being a Girl Scout. To me it is about friendship, giving back to the community and being a good citizen. In Girl Scouts we earn Bronze, Silver and the Gold Award. The Gold Award is equivalent to an Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts.

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Release of Squirrel Monkeys by KSTR

Margarita with squirrel monkeysBy Volunteer Margarita Samsonova

KSTR logoKids Saving the Rainforest is in the process of establishing a reintroduction program for squirrel monkeys. Central American squirrel monkeys, also known as Saimiri oerstedii, are nearly extinct in Panama and are threatened in Costa Rica. Although there have not been resources available for a thorough count recently, it is believed there are only a few thousand individuals living in the wild. They are mainly found in Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park, located on the central and south pacific coast of Costa Rica. The low population makes reintroduction programs of these species very important to sustain the population and help reproduction. In order for the release to be successful, the monkey’s behavior and its predator responses are tested to see what chance the animal has to survive in the wild. The project requires sustained long term observations and research to ensure a successful reintroduction into the wild.

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Happy New Year to All from Kids Saving the Rainforest!

Even if you don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions, please do so this year by becoming more conscientious of saving energy so that we can all contribute to create a healthier planet! The average American ecological footprint is 5 times more than other parts of the world. Living in Costa Rica, we use less, but it is always good for everyone to cut back.

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The Battle for a Wild Life

Operating on a PacaBy Elle McGraw (Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern at KSTR)

No one enjoys losing. Especially when losing means life or death of beautiful animals. Everyday at our wildlife sanctuary, Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), we embark on the battle of life or death in the case of each animal we receive. For some animals the battle is the immediate intervention between life or death; and for other, less severe cases, it consists of preparing goals in order for them to return to the wild. For all of us here at KSTR, we put our heart and soul into every animal that comes through our clinic.

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Welcome to the Kids Saving The Rainforest Thanksgiving Update

KSTR poolKSTR has a lot to be thankful this year! We have been able to continue our mission of saving the rainforest and the wildlife in it a day at a time! We want to thank those of you who have supported us through the years, and to give people visiting a chance to help too by taking a tour of our Sanctuary, where 100% of the proceeds go to the wildlife in our sanctuary. See below for more information.

KSTR’s wildlife educational tour is growing by leaps and bounds. The tour is from 9 to 12 noon every day except Tuesdays. You will get to see lots of wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild and you will have a view of a baby sloth eating breakfast behind the clinic windows.

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Making a Difference

Jennifer & Ella Mooney

Ella & Jennifer Mooney

By Volunteer Anne Hill

Jennifer Mooney came to Costa Rica with a desire to see “a real jungle.” She left with a desire to change the world.

After traveling to Manuel Antonio and learning about the efforts of Kids Saving the Rainforest, Jen realized two things. The first was that the rainforest is a vital and vanishing resource that must be protected.

“My heart will forever remain with the amazing creatures of Costa Rica and their fight to survive in a world filled with change and development,” she noted.

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Amy the Anteater, The Queen of the Night

Tamandua anteater

Tamandua anteater

By: Duncan Coleman

The darkness was setting in on the “secret” garden. The night’s grasping fingers had finally prevailed over the shining rays of the sun. My mind swam in a sea of uncertainty. Panic was overcoming me. Questions surfaced from the depths of my consciousness like so many crashing waves in a tempestuous ocean. Would she ever come down? Would she sleep in the tree all night? What would happen if I lost her? Will she die?! A bloodthirsty swarm of mosquitoes now descended upon me in the twilight dusk, buzzing in triumph at having secured a new host. Now I questioned whether I would make it through the night.

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KSTR Kid’s Camp

By Tammy Bushby, Volunteer

In March 2015 Kids Saving the Rainforest launched their monthly kid’s camp. Kids from throughout Quepos/Manuel Antonio and surrounding areas participated in an educational day about conservation and animal welfare. Throughout the day the kids took part in activities developed to teach them the importance of the local biodiversity in the forest and how they can help with the conservation of their local area.

KSTR summer camp

The day was also about getting an introduction to some of the animals native to their country as well as some foreign ones. They were given a tour of the KSTR sanctuary and animal clinic which is the temporary home of some soon to be released rehabilitated wildlife, as well as some permanent members which unfortunately cannot be released into the wild for reasons such as injury or inability to cope in the wild.

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The Sloth Mystery That Is The Night!

By KSTR Research Internist Tom Lawrence

As a research assistant studying the behaviour of two-toed sloths at KSTR I have had to make the transition to a nocturnal lifestyle working between 6pm and 6am. Two-toed sloths are nocturnal so the only way to study them was to become nocturnal myself.  Approaching this job with the idea of spending the night out in the jungle amongst the crickets and the stars seemed a very pleasant change from the bright lights and constant bustle of the London night. Now three months into this role I am happy and comfortable but the first few weeks were a steep learning curve. I found out that night time in the jungle is very mysterious and can even be deadly.

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Kids Saving the Rainforest REVAMPED Wildlife Sanctuary Tour!

Baby sloth in a coffee cupWhat’s so different now?  The Wildlife Sanctuary Tour is from 9 AM until 12 Noon, everyday (except Tuesdays). We have extended the tour so you can now relax by the pool @ Blue Banyan Inn where the sanctuary is located.

Two of the biggest draws and it’s what people have requested: INLCUDES TRANSPORTATION and… drum roll please… YOU SEE A SLOTH!!! (Sloth will be seen from behind glass only.)

The tour will still include snacks/refreshments at the end and of course you get to see the following animals in the sanctuary: Spider Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Tamarins, & Marmosets, Nocturnal Kinkajous (if they are awake), Parrots, Parakeets, Sloth & White Hawk (coming soon).

Minimum Suggested Donation per person: $60 for adults and $45 for children under 12, (3 and under), free.  All proceeds go toward the animals! Want to take a little memory of your visit with us? CHECK OUT the KSTR Store when the tour is over!  We have great sloth towels, monkey pillowcases and much more!

To book a tour contact us info@kstr.org for more information.
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2014, It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Locket at 5 weeks

Locket at 5 weeks

By Sam Trull ~ Kids Saving the Rainforest & The Sloth Institute

Sometimes I wonder if truly great things can only be born out of tragedy. Is pure excitement always coupled with fear? For me, 2014 was a combination of huge personal losses and experiences that resulted in substantial personal growth. As I sit here and type this message, I am waiting for goat milk to warm so I can feed one of the most inspiring animals I have had the pleasure to care for. “Locket” a 5-week-old three-toed sloth, literally arrived at the KSTR wildlife clinic the day he was born. His face covered in amniotic sac and his umbilical cord freshly attached to the placenta…there was no doubt that his first moments in life were spent face down on a forest floor…covered in dirt and without his mother to clean him or feed him. We have no idea why he fell from the trees or why his mother did not retrieve him…but he is alive today. Already in his short life he survived a fall from the top of the forest canopy, three weeks of bacterial diarrhea, lack of immunity received from his real mom and just the general inadequateness of having me – a human – for a surrogate mother. Some would say “Locket” is a miracle…but really his success so far is attributed to the hard work from an amazing team of people at KSTR and TSI.

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The Life of a Wildlife Lover

By Sam Trull, Wildlife Manager of Kids Saving the Rainforest

Newbie

Newbie

I want to apologize now for the sad nature of this but everyone has been asking me to write about what happens when animals don’t survive. Finally, tonight, I feel inspired to type.

I’m no stranger to death. Coming up on the 7-year anniversary of my father’s death I can’t help but be a little extra emotional. Things make me cry that wouldn’t normally…and snippets of moments from the past flash through my mind on a more regular basis. I was there the day my father took his last breaths surrounded by family and friends. I saw the look in his eyes, the way his breathing changed…it all happened right in front of me. As difficult as it was to see my lifelong hero lying in a bed slowly losing his light, I am so glad I was there for his final moments…for two reasons.
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