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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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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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How Do You Help a Wild Pig Cross the Road?

By Jack Ewing 

Wild pigs using a tunnel under the road

Wild pigs using a tunnel under the road.

I once saw a menu from a fictitious restaurant called the Road Kill Cafe. “You Kill it; we grill it.” It offered selections such as flat cat, smear of deer, awesome opossum, chunk of skunk, and swirl squirrel. The daily special was called “The Mess. If you can guess what it is, you eat it for free.” The chef’s name was “Squash em Jack.” I always thought that menu was hilarious, but later in my life, I realized that road kill is a serious problem that can have a major impact on wildlife populations. I think the experience that really brought the problem to my attention was the day an employee brought a dead jaguarundi for me to see. It had dashed out in front of his car so quickly that he didn’t have a chance to brake. That incident made me realize that steps needed to be taken to minimize road kill and maintain connectivity between forests on both sides of our roads and highways. We live in biological corridor where biodiversity has been increasing since the mid 1980s, and where, until recently, the roads were so bad that cars couldn’t go fast enough to kill any but the slowest animals. The construction of new highways and the improvement of old ones has changed all of that. 

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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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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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Happy Holidays to you all from Kids Saving the Rainforest!

 By Jennifer Rice

If you are looking for a great holiday gift, we have the solution!  Shop in the KSTR Store located adjacent to the Hotel Mono Azul Rainforest Restaurant in Manuel Antonio.  You will get great value, (the prices are the best), and you will be saving the rainforest at the same time! (100% of the proceeds go to save the rainforest!) 

As we look at the end of every year Kids Saving The Rainforest (KSTR) reflects on all of the gifts and support we have received through the year.  We are so grateful to be able to help the world in fighting the battle of Climate Change and we are definitely making a difference, one tree, one animal, at a time. We continue to grow year after year in part by receiving support for our programs from you.  We thank you all for helping to make this possible and wish you the best in 2013! 

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KSTR Fundraiser was a Great Success

We would like to take this time to formally thank all of you who helped Kids Saving the Rainforest raise money for our Wildlife Rescue Center. The event was amazing and we are very grateful to say that we raised more than $4,500!  This will help us to sustain our efforts at the center for a limited period of time and ensure continued maintenance to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife in our zone! 

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KSTR Sustainability Project

Chicks and Rachel

Chicks and Rachel

By Volunteer Rachel Melvin 

Kids Saving the Rainforest is focused on preserving and protecting the local wildlife.  This mission includes housing a wildlife sanctuary on the grounds of the Blue Banyan Inn on the property that is called “the finca”. The sanctuary currently houses 29 monkeys plus a crab eating raccoon. Feeding them, as well as the volunteers that care for them, and BBI’s numerous guests can take an extraordinary amount of food.

KSTR strives to implement a more sustainable operation on the Finca and our next venture in this arena is creating a sustainable egg supply to feed monkeys, volunteers, and guests.

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2012 Annual Fundraiser at Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Titi Thank youBy Tey Arce

Titi Conservation Alliance would like to thank all those who came and support the 2012 Annual Fundraiser at Gaia Hotel & Reserve. Thanks to all of you, the evening’s proceeds reached $4,000, exceeding the initial goal that the Alliance had set for the environmental education program. Beyond having such a great audience, we are happy to recognize that it was definitely a successful night with delicious gourmet appetizers and great people. The live music with Pura Bossa, Gaia´s musicians and the last-minute Argentinean friends from Drake Bay, filled the air with vibrant sweet and playful tunes that positively surprised us all. And for the first time, we must say that the organization pushed everyone towards deforestation…by the end of the night, the donation tree had no more donation leaves left!

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Monkey Bridges: Where They Are and How They Function

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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. 

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