Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation

by Kids Saving The Rainforest
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Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
Kids Saving the Rainforest Clinic & Reforestation
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!  

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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: 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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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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Smokey likes to get all balled up in his hammock, so there is barely any room for his buddy Duds...

who doesn’t seem to mind one bit, as she’ll just do a dainty leg cross & lay out in the corner!

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Meet tiny Tinker the tamandua anteater. *sound on*
Here she is protesting about learning to walk in the grass & taking a tumble to scratch an itch!
Unfortunately, we don’t know why she was found all alone at such a young age, but she seems healthy & is doing great so far! 

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Kids Saving the Rainforest please watch our Thanksgiving vídeos.
The animals of the sanctuary had a real Thanksgiving feast.


Released 3 fingered sloth, Casper, is back in for a check up and a collar change so we can record her data. Then out she goes again with another collar!! Doing well Casper!
On this #thanksgiving week we want to send a special thank you to all our #donors and #corporatesponsors for always helping and supporting our projects.
With our your help we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
Thank you!!!!

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We had a great race! Thank you everyone for an amazing start to an annual tradition!

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This is Jovi, our newest bootcamp member! Jovi is a 2-toed sloth that was raised in our nursery and is now in our pre-release area to test his skills of being released! We are observing him twice a day and also doing light night observations throughout the week!

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The electric company ICE worked on the electric cables in Manuel Antonio to prevent future electrocutions.

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Our amazing research volunteer Sara Horwitz who came to help track our released sloths on the property put together this great video about her experience!
Also features our outgoing Sloth Researcher Mark Richardson, who is off for another adventure (for now)!
Hope to see you both back soon!

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Gatsby the baby capuchin needed a physical exam in the clinic before being transferred to his new troop! As you can see, he wasn’t too happy about it. 

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ICE is happy to announce that they worked on the road from the Plaza to Parador. They covered about 20 transformers to keep sloths and other wildlife away from them so they can't get electrocuted by transformers. They also insulated and replaced old electrical wires so that wildlife with prehensile tails won't be electrocuted by live wires! They also cut back all the branches along the road so wildlife can't pass on to wires from branches. Thank you ICE for protecting our wildlife!

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Dudley dearest is still reluctant to climb, even though she’s really good at it! She’d prefer to catch a ride on her buddy’s back, but we know she’ll keep gaining confidence! 

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Kids Saving The Rainforest

Location: Palo Alto, CA - USA
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Twitter: @KSTRCR
Project Leader:
Jennifer Rice
Palo Alto, CA United States
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