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Nov 11, 2019

November KSTR Report

October Recap!

 

October was a busy month here at Kids Saving the Rainforest. So we want to share with you our October recap.

Casper the sloth!

October 4th

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This week was a big week for Casper the sloth!

The clinic staff has been observing her in boot camp, where she has been learning how to forage, climb, and move from tree to tree. It took her some time to gain the skills necessary for survival in the wild, but she was finally ready to be released this week!

So that clinic staff could keep an eye on her for her first day out in the big world, she was released on the property of Kids Saving the Rainforest. Thankfully, she did great, and is now officially released!

She’ll still be monitored for the next couple of weeks, but we have high hopes that she’ll quickly adapt to her new life.

To help more sloths like Casper have a second chance please sponsor a sloth in our sanctuary.
We couldn’t do this work without your donations.

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The Good Stuff

Great email from The Good Stuff!

Read what they say about KSTR.

 

October 5th

There's no doubt that kids can change the world, and for Kids Saving the Rainforest, that mission begins among the lush trees and wildlife of Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast. The organization was founded by two 9-year-old girls in 1999, and now it offers all sorts of opportunities for young people to foster a love of nature and a sense of ecological responsibility. They maintain a wildlife rescue, rehabilitate forested areas and conduct studies and projects that help preserve the region's rich natural treasures. Peter Francis volunteers with the organization, and says they recently completed a project with the children in Costa Rica to plant more than 20,000 trees in the area. " There is a lot of human-wildlife conflict which causes wildlife to be injured," Francis says. "KSTR helps rehabilitate wildlife, and volunteering with them makes me feel like I'm doing something really positive."

Thank you to Peter Francis for suggesting this story.Read the Newsletter here

Flashback Jovi!

October 7th

Flashback Jovi! He has already graduated from his hammock & is a very big boy now.
He should be headed to pre-release bootcamp in the next week! 
Photo credit: Louisa Warn

Camelio The Aracary!

October 9th

Our Aracary came from the sanctuary, is enjoying its new structure in the cage, with a more comfortable place to eat and more space to fly. 

See the Complete List hereCHICKY – OCTOBER 11TH

World, meet Chiky! This munchin monkey boy came in about two weeks ago after being electrocuted. When he first came in he would hardly move, and we had to syringe feed him (first photo). But, despite all of the odds he is doing amazing and hopefully on his way to a full recovery (second video!). Our clinic staff is working hard to give him the best chance at release. If he continues his progress, he will soon be in our larger rehab enclosures, the last stop before going back into the wild!

Please help us give him the best care possible by supporting KSTR.

Donate hereDudley! October 13th

Darling Dudley is still a character while she’s out for a climb, and she loves touring around the branches at night with her buddy Smokey. These 2 will be superstars by the time they are released! 
Photo credit: Karen Moss

KSTR official wildlife ambulance!

October 16th

Thanks to all our donors we have reached our goal to get an ambulance for the wildlife of the rainforest.


We have needed this for a long time. And we're proud to present to you the KSTR official wildlife ambulance!Luna!

 

October 17th

We got some ridiculous adorable shots of Luna being taken on her daily exercise by Lis

 @markrichardson

Milo's Release!

October 19th

He came to us as a very young baby after his mother was attacked by marauding capuchin monkeys & he has had a long road of rehab to get him ready for release.
He spent a few days in soft release getting used to a wild troop of squirrel monkeys (titis) and he finally decided to join them! 
Photo credit: Louisa Warn

Happy International Sloth Day!

October 20th

Happy International Sloth Day for this special Sloth Sunday!


Chapita the 3-fingered sloth was rescued after being found on the ground for too long in a dangerous area close to dogs.
She seemed a bit weak & dehydrated and had a super full belly...but after several days of recuperation, she is doing great and ready to go back out!
We intend to release her tomorrow! 
Photo credits: Ellen Riddick

tch Video hereRAINFOREST 5K RUN

Come and run with us. For every person who participates, we will plant a tree

 

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Aug 30, 2019

August Report

Kids Saving the Rainforest participated in the Científicos Fair at the Manuel Antonio school as judges representing KSTR, we saw many interesting projects y kids worried about the animals of the World. 

Mandy is a yellow mandible Toucan the most common in the area of Manuel Antonio.  

Happy birthday Chicles!

Chicles the 2-fingered sloth came in almost exactly 1 year ago on Aug.24th, orphaned at an age estimated to be 2 weeks...which basically makes this is his 1yr birthday.

He’s come such a long way since his tiny nugget days!  

Jorge (aka Speedy) the sloth finally got released! 

After much effort & research into tracking options & the suitability of our surrounding property, we have released our very FIRST hand-raised sloth onsite with our brand new tracking program. 

Using a combination of VHF telemetry & GPS, we will be keeping tabs on Speedy to see if he has all the needed skills to survive (and will eat enough of the available leaves). 

If you would like to be part of our tracking program for Speedy or the next 2 sloths going out, please get in touch! 

We are so happy he’s made it out into the trees!

 

Meet Smokey. He came in a few nights after Dudley. Smokey was hanging onto his mom when she was electrocuted on a power line in Manual Antonio. Tragically, the mom died and Smokey suffered some electrical burns on his eye, chin and underside. This pic is from when he first came in. He is a few weeks older than Dudley and bigger than her. They will be introduced soon and hopefully like each other so they will be able to be together growing up.

The most common injuries in Costa Rica to wildlife come from car strikes, electrocution from the power lines and dog attacks. Of all of the animals who have come in to KSTR since I have been there, car strikes has been the most common. KSTR is working with the power company ICE to put up animal crossings (bridges) in the area to stop the animal electrocutions. ICE is also installing more properly covered power lines.

 

KSTR's sloth release study is well underway! Twice a day the tracking team of staff and volunteers has gone out to locate Jorge the two-toed sloth using a radio antenna that picks up a signal coming from his collar. So far, results show that he is mobile and primarily active at night, which is natural two-toed sloth behavior.

Of course, "active" is a relative term with these animals which are, after all, sloths. For example, this morning Jorge was observed high in a tree, where his only action was to scratch himself twice over the course of thirty minutes. He also yawned. What a busy morning.

 

Luna the raccoon came to us after she was found alone on the ground without her mother or siblings anywhere near. 

She was only a few days old & had a tiny wound on her head, so she may have been carried away by another animal. 

Luna is doing very well here and should be opening her eyes any minute now!

KSTR is taking the challenge to fight climate change!! We will keep posting more ways that each person can make a difference!

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Aug 12, 2019

Kids Saving the Rainforest August Report

Jorge (aka Speedy) the sloth finally was released!
Jorge (aka Speedy) the sloth finally was released!

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Thanks to your donations we were able to plant 3000 trees at the beginning of the rainy season.

The Wildlife Clinic received supply's and has been able to take care and save the lives of the wildlife in the area of Quepos, Costa Rica, that have been electrocuted by the electric wires, have been run over by cars on the main roads or have been used as pets and then abandoned.

KSTR has been able to fix, take care of, and build more wildlife bridges that protect the animals from accidental electrocution.

It is thanks to your donations, visits, and volunteer work that we are able to teach others, and help conserve the rainforest and the wildlife that lives in it in this region.

Here are only a few examples of what your donations have helped us do:

Jorge (aka Speedy) the sloth finally was released! 
After much effort & research into tracking options & the suitability of our surrounding property, we have released our very FIRST hand-raised sloth onsite with our brand new tracking program. 
Using a combination of VHF telemetry & GPS, we will be keeping tabs on Speedy to see if he has all the needed skills to survive (and will eat enough of the available leaves). 
If you would like to be part of our tracking program for Speedy or the next 2 sloths going out, please get in touch! 
We are so happy he’s made it out into the trees! 

- We were able to help Mandy the Toucan: Mandy is a yellow mandible Toucan the most common in the area of Manuel Antonio. 
This one was found on the ground weak and cold because of the rain before to arrive to the clinic in Kids saving the rainforest. 
We don’t really know the reason why one of his leg is paralyse. We provide to her some vitamines to stimulate the nervous system and some musculars exercises to bring back the sensitivity in this legs. And it works ! We had some improvements and she is accepting really well the captive situation. 
We don’t know yet if she gonna be able to regain totally the use of this leg but we keep believe on her !

- We helped Smokey who was hanging onto his mom when she was electrocuted on a power line in Manual Antonio. Tragically, the mom died and Smokey suffered some electrical burns on his eye, chin, and underside. This pic is from when he first came in. He is a few weeks older than Dudley and bigger than her. They will be introduced soon and hopefully like each other so they will be able to be together growing up. 

 - We were able to help save Dudley,  a baby sloth that had fallen from its mom. Volunteer Extraordinaire, Karen Moss, went to pick up our Vet Tech, Clemence, who was enjoying her day off on the beach, so they could check it out. 
From Karen “I was dispatched from where I live in town and picked up Clemence and a volunteer on the way. We arrived at Makanda to find the employees holding the baby sloth in a box. They had tried to reunite with mom with no success. Clemence evaluated Baby Dudley (aka ‘Duds’) and found she had no energy, her coloring was off, and she could not grip. We made the tough choice to bring her back to KSTR to have her further evaluated, which ultimately saved her life...” as she really needed a couple of days to regain her strength. 2 days later, after locating the mother, we made a tireless attempt from the morning into the night to reunite Dudley with mom...but we could just not get her to come down. Early the following dawn, our Volunteer Coordinator, Mac, brought Dani back out to try again, but sadly the mother had moved on from the former tree and could not be found. It was heartbreaking & disappointing, but the kind hotel staff are still keeping their eyes open to look for her. 
Many thanks to “Gorilla” man, David, for scrambling up & down the tree for several hours to try to make the reunion happen. 
In the meantime, Dudley is doing much better and getting stronger every day.

- We released Rafa the Parakeet: He came in 2 months ago with a dislocated wing. And after many casts, which he loved to rip off, and plenty of rest, he has regained his ability to fly! We encourage everyone not to keep these beautiful birds as pets, as they don’t do well in captivity and are meant to be in the wild like Rafa is now!

- We helped Bunny the porcupine (Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine) 
He came to us at only about 1 week old, after he was found alone in a precarious area. We had the nice lady who found him at her hotel keep watch for several hours to see if the mother would return, but by evening when our vet tech came to check him, there was still no sign. 
His health and progress have been very good so far, and he is almost weaned and ready for his pre-release stage, so we have high hopes of him making it back to the wild in the near future!

We also continue to plant the 10,000 trees that will be reforesting our Reforestation Project in Parrita.

Thank you for helping us give forever homes, food and, medicine to the wildlife that live in our sanctuary.

Smokey
Smokey
Dudley the Sloth
Dudley the Sloth
Rafa the Parakeet
Rafa the Parakeet
Bunny the porcupine
Bunny the porcupine

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