Greetings Quepolandia readers! This is Karma Casey. I’m the
spokeskid for Kids Saving the Rainforest. If you’ve never heard of us,
KSTR is a wildlife rescue, veterinary clinic, rehabilitation and sanctuary in
Quepos, Costa Rica. We work hard saving animals, planting trees, and
educating the public.
This month, I’m going to tell you about the rescue of a very special
animal you may have never heard of. A Jaguarundi! Although quite
common, these elusive animals like to stay hidden in their rainforest
homes, and you may have never caught a glimpse of one.
The Jaguarundi is a wild cat about twice the size of a house cat. They
come in two colors, either a blackish brown, or a reddish yellow. I think they
look like small cougars. It’s not usual that we get in wild cats at Kids Saving
the Rainforest, but this was an emergency and we are always there to help!
Jennifer Rice, the president of KSTR (Kids Saving the Rainforest) was
driving down the highway when she saw something in the middle of the
road. She stopped traffic, getting out of her car to see what the animal was.
It was a Jaguarundi!
The Jaguarundi was in bad shape and needed help. As fate would
have it, a vet named Diego Zuniga who helps KSTR also just happened to
be driving by! Diego got out and examined the animal. It was still alive, only
unconscious! Unable to find a box they put him on a large flat piece of
cardboard, Diego sat in the back with him while they drove him to the
As they arrived, they hit a pothole awaking the Jaguarundi! He jumped
around wildly in the trunk. It took two vets to restrain him and get him out of
the car! It turned out that he had probably been hit by a car. They checked
his weight and did some x-rays. It took three of them to restrain the feisty
guy for his x-rays.
It was amazing!! He had no broken bones! Django, as we called the
Jaguarundi was brought back to the Kids Saving the Rainforest veterinary
clinic to recover and be watched over by our dedicated veterinary staff.
Django had to eat and recuperate before we could release him. The
clinic team tried for five days to get Django to eat, but he wouldn’t. We
thought and thought until we realized… Jaguarundis are predators! Maybe
we needed to feed him live food. We didn’t know but we had to try it.
We gave Django a live chicken, and boom! He very quickly devoured
it! We were thrilled! After a little bit of time of recuperation, finally Django
was strong enough. Funnily enough, he was ready to be released on Earth
Day. Another great way to celebrate this fun holiday.
Kids Saving the Rainforest released him back in the area we found
him, but far, far away from the highway! We weren’t sure how it would go,
but as soon as we opened the crate, he ran away happily quicker than the
blink of an eye. Everyone on the KSTR team was so happy for Django. He
had come a long way since we had found him on the highway, and finally
his journey back into the wild was complete!
Well, that’s our story this month. Remember if you find injured or
orphaned wildlife, Kids Saving the Rainforest can help! Send a WhatsApp
message to 88-ANIMAL. This goes straight to our veterinary clinic team,
and they can help come to the rescue!
That’s my story for this month, readers. Read me next time! Until
then, here are some fun facts about the little-known Jaguarundi!
In Nuevo Colon, Guanacaste, a wildlife bridge broke from overuse, forcing the wildlife to travel on the live wires killing 3 howler monkeys. KSTR was able to rally the troops and within 16 hours it was fixed and ready for the howlers again! A big thank you to ICE, especially Jaime Bolanos and Jose Carvajal, to CoopeGuanacaste and Gerry Boule for working with KSTR to save the wildlife.
We have featured the little broken-hearted heartbreaker Monty in the most ridiculous yawning video!
We also wanted to remind everyone that any sloth prints sold by the very talented The Watercolor Naturalist - Art by Holly D'Oench will bring 15% proceeds to help our wildlife programs at KSTR!
To buy Holly's sloth prints:
We would like to introduce you to Holly, the watercolor naturalist who does watercolor painting as part of her hobbies.
Holly just recently finished painting a three-toed sloth and uploaded it to Youtube. She talks about the biology of sloths, the differences between different species, their conservation, and much more!
Holly talks about KSTR towards the end of the video and also mentioned that she will be donating 15% of proceeds of each print sale of this painting to KSTR! That's amazing!
You can view the time-lapse sloth painting by clicking the video.
You can also help Holly create more quality videos as well as help KSTR by heading over to Holly's Etsy website and getting your very own sloth painting!
Get your painting here:
Started by two nine-year-old girls, and supported today by millions of children and adults alike, Kids Saving the Rainforest is a non-profit organization focused on protecting Earth’s luscious rainforests and the species inside them. We work to improve education about the ecological importance of rainforests and create programs that protect their native animals. There are several successful KSTR projects to support including the Wildlife Sanctuary, Rescue Center and Reforestation Program. Here are just five of the many different ways to support us.
Any way that you can offer your support can go a long way and is greatly appreciated. Check out the “Our Projects” tab on our website for more information and to learn how important the work that you’re supporting is.
author: Cara Benson
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