Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center

by Kids Saving The Rainforest
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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 Vet technician checking a two toed sloth
KSTR Vet technician checking a two toed sloth

Kids Saving the Rainforest 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 reforestation, our wildlife bridge program, educating the community and visitors on conservation, and by our Wildlife Rescue Center where we rehabilitate and release 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 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! We are so excited!! 

With our rescue center opened, we will not only be rescuing wildlife, but we will also be receiving student groups from different educational organizations to teach them about Conservation. We are very excited about receiving so many young students interested in making a change! We are very proud of educating about the importance of conservation as this will help ensure the long-term health of our planet for generations to come. Our project is unique as we try our main audience to be the kids and young adults, to teach young minds about conservation and make them part of our efforts to protect the forests of Costa Rica and the world, and care about being part of helping mitigate the treats that affect the wildlife and the environment. 

During the month of April, you can help our projects out by Adopting a Tree for EARTH DAY 2021! Help us reach our goal of 5000 trees sponsored by Earth Day! By Adopting a tree, you will not only be helping with reforestation but you will also help us raise funds for our Wildlife Rescue Center to keep rescuing wildlife! 

Would you like a tree planted in your name & a certificate to show your commitment to saving the rainforest? Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and it is our goal to find sponsors for 5000 trees by then! Let's make a great impact together this year!  

Kids Saving the Rainforest has planted nearly 18,000 trees now, with goals to plant at least 70,000 more! Our Reforestation project property is on almost 300 acres.  The land was a teak farm for 20 plus years so it is deforested and lacking diversity.  Our project is giving it back to nature and will be a great location for releasing sloths and other rehabilitated wildlife. There are already 2 types of monkeys on the property and both types of sloths, along with many other kinds of animals there.  
 

WHY PLANT A TREE? Trees are crucial for the survival of all living species on Earth. 

 
TREES: 

-Combat climate change 

-Clean the air 

-Create economic opportunities 

-Conserve energy, save water and provide food 

-Not to mention, forests provide habitat for 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and livelihoods for 1.6 billion people. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH EVEN JUST 1 SINGLE TREE!  

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

Kids volunteering at KSTR
Kids volunteering at KSTR
KSTR staff performing an eye exam on a Curacao
KSTR staff performing an eye exam on a Curacao

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Chicles (2 fingered sloth) released on July 2020
Chicles (2 fingered sloth) released on July 2020

The Kids Saving the Rainforest Family wants to thank you all for the amazing support you have given us during the challenging year of 2020! We can't describe how grateful we are!  

Your donations helped us continue taking care of all the animals we give sanctuary to and also, we were able to plant 10,000 trees to reforest and have continued with our wildlife bridges.  

We are excited to start this new year strong with our New Year´s Resolution: Reopening our Widlife Rescue Center!

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 to save more animals this new year. It breaks our hearts that we have 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 start this new year strong and get our Rescue Center, which includes our Vet Clinic, Nursery, and Rehab/Release areas back in action!  

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 this new year!  

Let’s Reopen the KSTR Rescue Center to save more animals together! 

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.

Physical exam of capuchin monkey by Dr.Tania
Physical exam of capuchin monkey by Dr.Tania
Physical exam of spider monkey by Dr.Carmen
Physical exam of spider monkey by Dr.Carmen
Casper (3 fingered sloth) released on March 2020
Casper (3 fingered sloth) released on March 2020

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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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Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts

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
Smokey
Smokey
Little miss Dudley
Little miss Dudley
Ampersand monkey release
Ampersand monkey release

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Kids Saving The Rainforest

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