Welcome back Quepolandia Readers and Welcome Spokeskid Dani! Quepolandia being up and running is the sign that life will get back to normal!!
Kids Saving the Rainforest has been working like crazy to stay open since the last time we wrote. KSTR has made sure that the wildlife came first and our human crew sacrificed a lot. Financially KSTR could only pay 50% of salaries and many worked more than full time just to be sure the wildlife didn’t suffer from the consequences Covid-19. Help us re-open our rescue center, by following Dani’s great suggestions below.
Hello Quepolandia! My name is Dani, and I will be your new Spokeskid for Kids Saving the Rainforest! I am 7 years old, and this is my first article — I hope you enjoy it.
Before we talk about KSTR, a little about me: I love animals! My favorite kind of animal is a horse. We have 2 dogs at home, Dozer (a pound puppy who is now 11 years old), and Tiny (a French Bulldog puppy who is 6 months old). My favorite animal native to Costa Rica is the Howler Monkey, because I like how big they are. For hobbies, I like to surf, do gymnastics, horseback riding, and I love to bake.
If you’re new to KSTR, it’s a place where we keep wildlife in our Sanctuary that could not return back to the wild due to injuries or permanent medical issues that need care. But our goal is to always release them back into the wild. We also teach people about how to respect wildlife and engage in ecologically responsible tourism.
You can also volunteer at KSTR, (or donate money) to help them take care of the animals. Last week and today, I went and volunteered, and it was really awesome! While I was volunteering, I assisted a team member at KSTR. We got to make food for the animals. We chopped up fruit and made a peanut butter and honey vitamin sandwich for Nina, an older Spider Monkey. I also got to meet a big black bird with a yellow beak, a Great Curacao named Don Pedro.
We got to try to catch a Squirrel Monkey (aka the Titi monkey), so we could weigh him on a scale. It was really hard work, but it felt great to help such a great organization! We also got to feed two Squirrel Monkeys marshmallows with medicine inside.
After all that hard work, KSTR fed us a great lunch. There was rice, beans, chicken, potatoes and lots and lots of different types of fresh caught tuna! Volunteering at KSTR is a great way to help animals in need during these difficult times. For me, it felt really good to be a part of this organization.
If you want to learn more about KTSR, here’s a link to their website, where you can sign up to volunteer, and see lots of fun pictures and videos of the animals! kidssavingtherainforest.org. All of us at KSTR wish you all a very Happy New Year and a better 2021!
Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is a 501 (c)(3) U.S. non-profit organization that works with local and international community to save the rainforest, with our reforestation, corporate social responsibility, wildlife sanctuary and bridge programs.