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Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center

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Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center
Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center

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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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!


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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. 

We released one of the capuchins that has been in rehabilitation! Ampersand came to us in a very bad way after being hit by a car. After surgery, medications and physical observations he was ready for release. 

Although we are sad to see him go, we are so happy he is back where he belongs!


We had a visit in the Sanctuary by the scout guides, the Seeone herd all under 10 years old, they learned very important things like not feeding wild animals, not handling them, not having them as pets and what to do in case of an emergency with them. We hope you come back soon.

Smokey is almost getting too big for a hammock, but he sure is enjoying it for now. 

Pretty soon he & Dudley will graduate to the outdoor jungle gym, in their next stage towards release. 

Chicles and Fozzie like to lounge in some pretty silly positions on some of these hot, sunny days!

Raccoons released in the mangroves!

Luna & Rocket  finally got to go free together! Even though they weren’t born siblings, they grew up together as orphans & they love each other like a brother & sister. 

They went to a beautiful secluded spot in the mangroves where they can socialize with other raccoons & catch lots of fish, crabs and other wild food. We already miss this rambunctious pair, but we are so happy for them!!

Chicles and Fozzie
Chicles and Fozzie
Little miss Dudley
Little miss Dudley
Ampersand monkey release
Ampersand monkey release


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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


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


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

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



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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.

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


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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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