KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation

by Kids Saving The Rainforest
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KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation
KSTR Wildlife Bridges & Reforestation

KSTR is thrilled to announce our recent success with our Reforestation Program with approximately 4000 new trees planted at our project site in Parrita and also our Wildlife Sanctuary property since our last report.  This past Earth Day in April led to the sponsorship of around 3900 trees, thanks to our wonderful supporters, along with about 100 other trees planted in the meantime.

We are also very happy to say that 10 more Wildlife Bridges have been installed throughout the Manuel Antonio area, with maintenance and repairs done on many more. 
You can see a couple photos of one of our animal caretakers, Jean Carlos, climbing the trees like a monkey to help put up the bridges!

Coming up, we are also preparing a brand new campaign for the bridges, including additional education outreach, the option to sponsor an existing bridge's maintenance or helping to install new bridges in more locations...with the option to name it!

We are putting together a new map that will show where each bridge is located (with the sponsor names) and highlight areas that are heavily impacted by roadways or defragmentation, where a new safe passageway for animals to cross is most desperately needed. 

We hope that together we can create incredible habitats and decrease tragic incidents impacting wildlife due to lack of forest connection; like car strikes, domestic animal attacks on the ground, and the most devastating electrocutions caused from crossing on uninsulated electric wires. 

As part of our general Educational Outreach, we have also joined Costa Rica's Nationwide campaign to #stopanimalselfies
Our Biologist, Yeimy Gamboa, represented KSTR along with people from other rescue centers and environmental groups from across the country for a recent event promoting the campaign.  We believe this is such an important issue for raising awareness. 

Speaking of educaiton, we recently had a wonderful group of 5th Grade Students put together some amazing Quotes about the Rainforest and why trees are important.  We put those together with beautiful photos taken of some of the rescued wildlife that has passed through our center in the last few years and made a little video you can enjoy.

We were also recently honored with an award for the Best in Palo Alto, which is where we have our U.S. based office of our 501(c)3 non-profit. 

If you would love to help more animals live more naturally wild & free, please spread the word and consider making a donation. The wildlife needs us all! 

"Titi" Squirrel Monkeys Using a Wildlife Bridge
"Titi" Squirrel Monkeys Using a Wildlife Bridge
Jean Carlos with a Wildlife Bridge
Jean Carlos with a Wildlife Bridge
#StopAnimalSelfies
#StopAnimalSelfies

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Reforestation Site-KSTR Volunteers planting a tree
Reforestation Site-KSTR Volunteers planting a tree

Kids Saving the Rainforest is very proud to be an organization actively involved in fighting to reduce climate change. We do this with our Reforestation project! Our Reforestation Project is one of our main projects, as it is one of our biggest efforts in conservation to help mitigate climate change and protect the ecosystem for the animals. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest has a land of almost 300 acres destined to reforestation, in Parrita, Puntarenas in Costa Rica, and our mission is to use this land to produce clean oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to be used as recovered habitat. Our goal is also to continue planting trees in this area to turn it into a rainforest again, and using the area as biological sanctuary to release rescued wildlife. This rainforest will help the local wildlife such as white-faced monkeys as well as three-toed sloths.  

We plant a mix of native trees and fruit trees. We have planted nearly 18,000 trees since we started! 

Planting trees is very important as they: 

  • Combat climate change 
  • Clean the air 
  • Create economic opportunities 
  • Conserve energy, save water, and provide food  
  • Also, forests provide habitat for 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and livelihoods for 1.6 billion people  

You can be part of helping KSTR combat climate change and fill this area with trees and turn it in to a rainforest! By donating you can provide funds for our project to continue!  

We have great news too! Kids Saving the Rainforest is part of the 2021 Climate Action Campaign for GlobalGiving partners. This means that from April 19-23, all eligible donations up to $100 will be matched at 100% with a matching cap of $2,000 per organization! This campaign is designed to help organizations like ours cultivate financial support for local climate solutions.  

Please be a part of raising funds for our Reforestation project and take action in combating Climate Change! 

Our organization also works to protect the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast by implementing projects to protect the wildlife in the community by mitigating the major threats of wildlife in the region through not only by reforestation but also with our wildlife bridge program, educating the community and visitors on conservation, and by rehabilitating and releasing rescued wildlife. 

In order to survive the year 2020, we had no choice but to shut down operations of our Wildlife Rescue Center, which treats injured or displaced wild animals and rehabilitates them for release back to their habitat. We have had to focus all of our resources on our Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses the special, unreleasable animals. However, we have more exciting news!! Thanks to all of your support and help we will be reopening our Rescue Center in May! Stay tuned for more updates on our reopening! 

Your constant support will help us continue saving wildlife and fighting climate change! We are so grateful for your support! It is so gratifying to be making a change in the world together! 

P.S. You can also help our projects out by ADOPTING A TREE FOR EARTH DAY! Help us reach our goal of 5000 trees sponsored by Earth day! Check it out at: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTExNDQx 

Kids at KSTRs Reforestation Project
Kids at KSTRs Reforestation Project
KSTR Vet technician checking a two toed sloth
KSTR Vet technician checking a two toed sloth

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Physical Examination of Spider Monkey
Physical Examination of Spider Monkey

The Kids Saving the Rainforest Family wants to thank you all for the amazing support you have given us during the past year! We can't describe how grateful we are!   

This year we have gotten the support of different schools in United States partnering with us to plant trees as part of our reforestation program. We are very passionate about this project and love partnering with organizations that have the same vision and efforts in reforestation and mitigating climate change!

We have also started this new year strong, working towards reopening our Wildlife Rescue Center, which we plan to open soon.

In order to survive the year 2020, we had no choice but to shut down operations of our Wildlife Rescue Center, which treats injured or displaced wild animals and rehabilitates them for release back to their habitat. We have had to focus all of our resources on our Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses the special, unreleasable animals.     
 
While we are committed to keeping our Wildlife Sanctuary running, we need your support to reopen our Rescue Center and continue saving more animals this new year. It breaks our hearts that we have had to turn away the many calls we receive about injured wildlife, only offering guidance and referrals, when we know that with more resources, we could save so many of these animals in need.    
 
We need YOUR help to get our Rescue Center, which includes our Vet Clinic, Nursery, and Rehabilitation/Release areas back in action as soon as possible!  We are very close to reopening!   
 
Our Mission for this new year is to keep saving more wildlife and reopen our KSTR Rescue Center.   
 
Our Belief is that "No animal should be left to suffer.  YOU can help us save more wildlife"   
 
The Goal is to keep our Wildlife Sanctuary for unreleasable animals running, but also start rescuing more animals in need, and get them back out into the wild.     
 
We need to raise $40,000 in order to realistically and effectively give full-time care to new animals.   
 
What the Funds Cover is to purchase medical supplies and to bring our Wildlife Vet back onsite full-time, along with support staff.   
 
Our current Operational Costs for the sanctuary animals, food and reduced staff is approximately $10,000/month, but we need $20,000/month in order to support our efforts caring for new animals for a couple months while tourism has a chance to bounce back. This would ensure enough stability to know that we can complete the process of treatments for those new animals to get back out into the wild.   
 
Why Give? Our non-profit organization is run solely on donations & tourist-based activities; revenue brought through our educational Wildlife Sanctuary Tour (with the unreleasable animals) and fees from our Volunteer/Internship programs. We need both locals and travelers for that boost. Every animal rescue organization is suffering from loss of funds, and receives no assistance from the government, which means more animals are getting inadequate care or are tragically left to suffer.        
 
Final Messages: KSTR is almost 22 years old now, and has helped save thousands of animals throughout the years...and WE NEED YOU to help us save thousands more!   
 
Join the movement and make a change in conservation!   
 
Let’s Reopen the KSTR Rescue Center to save more animals together!  

PS. GlobalGiving has a matching program for new monthly donors! By clicking here:  https://www.globalgiving.org/recurring-donations-matched/ you can start a new monthly donation. If a new donor signs up to give monthly, GlobalGiving will match the initial donation at 100% after the monthly donation has stayed active for a total of four payments.

Three fingered sloth received in the rescue center
Three fingered sloth received in the rescue center
Anteater momma and baby rescued in Rescue Center
Anteater momma and baby rescued in Rescue Center
Kid Planting a Tree in our Reforestation Project
Kid Planting a Tree in our Reforestation Project

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KSTR's Wildlife Bridge Project since 2000
KSTR's Wildlife Bridge Project since 2000

Thank you all for your generosity.  We have miraculously made it to this time and know that thanks to you we will continue to save the wildlife.  Our Board of Directors is so impressed with KSTR's resilience and we owe it to you all.

However, in order to survive and keep the wildlife in the sanctuary healthy, we have temporarily stopped our rescue program, including our clinic and baby nursery.  Most wildlife centers in Costa Rica have had to stop receiving wildlife so it is urgent that we reopen that part of our program.

Our plea at this time is to help us raise $40,000 to reopen our vet clinic and to rebuild our wildlife nusery so no animal will die in vain due to Covid. 

The good news is that thanks to donors we planted 10,000 trees to reforest this year and have continued with our wildlife bridges!

We are committed to stay open no matter what.  Without your donations this would not be possible so please continue to give, the wildlife and rainforest thank you from the bottom of their hearts!

PS. GlobalGiving has a matching program.  If you click here:  https://www.globalgiving.org/recurring-donations-matched/ you can start a new monthly donation.  An anonymous donor has offered to match your donation by starting a new recurring monthly donation to KSTR. 

Co-founders, Janine and Jen planting a tree
Co-founders, Janine and Jen planting a tree
Two baby 2 fingered sloths
Two baby 2 fingered sloths
Vet Pia with baby sloth check up
Vet Pia with baby sloth check up

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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

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Location: Palo Alto, CA - USA
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