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!