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Jul 7, 2020

KSTR Surviving the devastation of Covid 19!

Our thanks to all of you!
Our thanks to all of you!

KSTR is pleased to announce that we are making drastic cutbacks in order to continue our work despite no income since March 15th of  this year. We have been closed to the public due to the Covid 19 so we have had no volunteers and no tours with no end in sight.  

All staff have accepted 50% reduction of their salary, feeding the staff meals are much more basic, but the wildlife in our care is still recieving the best care and food. 

We have planted 10,000 trees and our workers on the planting site are also working 1/2 time.  Of the trees planted we still have 5000 trees ready to adopt out and we are offering adoptions of $1 a tree, with a minumum of 10 trees. 

We are still putting up and maintaining our wildlife bridges over the roads of our community.

We have a will and determination that started with the two 9 year olds 21 years ago. 

We are commited to stay open no matter what.  Without your donations this would not be possile so please continue to give and adopt some trees, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 Jennifer Rice Phd

President and Co-founder


May 27, 2020

KSTR Surviving the devastation of Covid 19!

Yeimy Gamboa, our Biologist and Wildlife Regent
Yeimy Gamboa, our Biologist and Wildlife Regent

Setting at KSTR before March, 2020

What a beautiful setting here at KSTR and BBI with mountain view, surrounded by rainforest,  lots of bearing fruit trees, still hot and sunny during high season and lots of visitors taking tours, day volunteers and many volunteers from all over the world.helping us at the wildlife rescue center and sanctuary---what a banner year---simply pure paradise---pura vida!!!

And then came the Corona Virus---covid-.19. Despite few cases in CR, the atmosphere changed quickly when the Ministry of Health arrived to say that a couple taking a tour from New York had taken a tour at KSTR and had the Corona virus. KSTR and BBI closed immediately on March 14 to the public with the tour coordinator put in 2 weeks of isolation. ---no more tours and tourism ---8 volunteers required to leave ---no more income from tours, day volunteers and volunteers arriving from all over the world

(+ $25,000 expenses per month)---Zero income except for about $3,000 from donations ---no injured animals accepted ---all projects on hold immediately. Significant action to reduce expenses around $25,000 per month to less than $10,000 ---reserve for the year at $35,000 assuming losses in 3 months and impact of low season ---

Goal: reduce expenses between $8,000 and $10,000 with some income coming from donations at $3,000---down from +$25,000 in high season. ---after drastic reductions, assume $5,000 loss per month for the rest of the year covered by the reserve

This drastic goal would allow KSTR to stay open for the rest of the year. (Consideration was given to closing). Implementation Reduction in salaries by 50% rather than dismissing employees (From $12,000 to $6,000) Reduction in food expenses by more than 50% (less than $3,500) All other expenses eliminated with some essential exceptions Dramatic push in donations esults Donations rising to $6,000 per month---great news!

All employees accepted 50% cut in salaries and reduction in hours ($6,000) Reduction in food below $3,000 including changing store purchase, receiving 100 kilos of each fruit (watermelon, bananas and papaya) per week as a donation. Miscellanious expenses reduced to less than $2,000

Current survival status Stay open the rest of the year No tourism for the balance of the year Maybe some volunteers Donations at least $6,000 per month Offer special packages to local people starting July 1 (3 amazing offers) Plant several key plants on premise---yuca, platinos, chile dulces, cucumber, celery, cilantro KSTR will survive for the year using the reserve to cover any losses.

Nice going KSTR!!!!

Mother & baby anteater rescued
Mother & baby anteater rescued
Baby Anteater's injuries
Baby Anteater's injuries
Bananas donated to feed humans & Wildlife
Bananas donated to feed humans & Wildlife
2 fingered orphaned sloth ready for release
2 fingered orphaned sloth ready for release
Orphaned porcupine to be released soon!
Orphaned porcupine to be released soon!


Mar 11, 2020

February at Kids Saving the Rainforest

February at KSTR!

- Tink may be tiny, but she will still cut you if you’re not careful! Watch her slo-mo attack stance, where she looks like she’s ready to defend her honor, despite supreme sleepiness! 

- Oscar was rescued a couple of weeks ago after he was found by local hotel employees.

He had been eating out of the garbage cans near the national park and throwing up. He also had blood on his face.

He’s been with us for a couple of weeks and went for an X-ray due to an ankle issue. His recovery is coming along.


- KSTR received a rescue call for a baby anteater in the Parrita area. The mother had been attacked by a dog and separated from the baby. KSTR ambulance personnel responded and were unable to locate the mother. The baby anteater was brought back to the KSTR clinic and examined by our vet. The photo shows Dr. Carmen Soto teaching interns during the examination. The anteater appeared to be healthy and she was transferred to the nursery.


- The Tao of Pooh the kinkajou:

If life makes you feel hot & sleepy, sometimes it’s best to air out your mouth 

- Tabby the white-nosed coati came to us on 3rd February as a transfer from our neighboring rescue center, Alturas.

She was a surrendered pet, and for this reason, is severely imprinted (wants to be around humans) and cannot be released. The enclosure she is currently in is far from ideal as coatis love to dig in the mud, climb and play.

For this reason, we would love to build a whole new enclosure for her. Although Tabby will not be able to lead a normal, wildlife your donation will ensure Tabby is still has a happy and long one!

If you would like to help us with building a new enclosure for Tabby please donate via the link below.


- Dudley doing the potty shake, going to the bathroom, than doing the sloth wahhhhhhs afterwards.

Smokey and Dudley Keep Growing big and strong.


- In Kids Saving the Rainforest we continue working on wildlife bridges with wild animals with the collaboration of ICE since 2000, here we show photos of the street near the Hotel California where pruning of the mango tree was carried out, and a new wildlife bridge was installed, this is one of the sites that needed an urgent intervention, and we will continue working on March 3 in this same place so we ask the surrounding population for the apology of the case since ICE will remove the electricity from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to be able to finish the work in a way more suitable.

Please help us build more #wildlifebridges and save the animals of the rainforest from getting hurt by donating 


- Fozzie Bear & Chicles finally moved to our pre-release Rehab area and have a little more room to roam.

Fozzie is still under treatment for a liver issue, but she seems to be making progress, so we are very hopeful that she can recover & be able to live independently. 


- Meet Charlie, a Red Lored parrot that was brought to KSTR in February.

He was left at the entrance of our sanctuary, alone and without any explanation.

His feathers have been clipped so severely that it would have been painful, and he won’t be able to fly for the foreseeable future.

Because of this, he will not be able to be released during this period and will remain with us.

This is a common problem with parrots their feathers are clipped before people decide that they no longer want to look after these beautiful animals.

For this reason we need your help to look after Charlie by giving a donation using the link below so that he can get the care he needs.

Thank you for helping us continue this wonderful work and save the lives of these animals.



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