All our sloths here at KSTR go for regular 'walks', which involve climbing for exercise and foraging for pre-release training.
This includes our recent adult rescue, Don Dona, as well as our hand-raised orphans as they get ready for independence (Kiwi, Patty, Grubby, and Speedy/Jorge). Normally this happens after dark since 2-fingered sloths are nocturnal.
"Bootcamp" is what we affectionately call our open-air enclosed area, which is about the size of a football field!
Intern Mark Richardson is one of the lucky ones doing behavioral observations and helping them on their way...and taking great pictures of the process!
Thanks also to our interns Catherine More, Ellis Van den Eynden and Emma Hodson!
It's Earth Day!
Earth Day is here and we’ll be celebrating in beautiful Manuel Antonio with a variety of activities.
Beach clean-up Quepos/Cocal: Julie - Operation Rich Coast
Beach clean-up Manuel Antonio: Sandy - Operation Rich Coast
Tours of the Asomacao Release Program: Sandy or firstname.lastname@example.org - Amigos de la Ara macao AsoMacao
Tours of Kids Saving the Rainforest - Jennifer Rice - email@example.com
Sloth Education: Sam - The Sloth Institute Costa Rica
Click here for details!
Help us take care animals like Moncho by Sponsoring or becoming a Member of Kids Savings the RainforestRead Now
Moncho the capuchin was brought into KSTR because he was kept as a house pet.
He was kept on a short leash and collar, was malnourished and very scared of everything. He very quickly learned (he’s super smart) that we were here to help and he ate some food to put some weight on.
Moncho got some treats like peanuts, nuts or mealworms few times a week like they would forage in the wild and peanuts quickly became his favorite!🥜🐒
It is unethical (and also illegal in Costa Rica) to keep wildlife as pets. They need lots of wild space to forage and have contact with other monkeys of their species.
Capuchins are very social monkeys and need interaction with a troop to live it’s life to the fullest!
Help us take care of more animals like Moncho by Sponsoring or becoming a Member of Kids Savings the Rainforest
Rowan and Declan Heys are a 9 year-old girl and a 6 year-old boy born in Anchorage, Alaska, and now live in San Diego. They both love to read, love animals and have 14 pets: 2 cats, 1 dog, 2 rabbits, and 9 chickens!
They visited Kids Saving the Rainforest with their family where they saw lots of injured jungle animals so decided to start their own non-profit: Kids Saving Critters. The purpose of their group is to connect kids all over the world to learn from each other, help wildlife, and develop the skills to make our communities and the world a better place.
Their first project is called Helping the Howlers.
They are working with KSTR to build a huge enclosure for rescued howler monkeys. We rescue injured howlers but they get very depressed when they are alone and can even die from their sadness. Like humans, they cry tears when they are sad. We want to build a big enclosure there for 2 howlers that can't be released back into the wild, to live there permanently so that no injured howler coming to the sanctuary ever has to be alone again.
Help support their project here:
an educational post to help educate the community to not to SHOOT at birds and TO NOT have wildlife as petsRead Now
This is an educational post to help educate the community to not to SHOOT at birds and TO NOT have wildlife as pets.
Kids Saving the Rainforest received a scarlet macaw that was shot, the x-rays this morning show he needs surgery and may not ever be able to live in the wild again. He has been named Garlic because he came in a garlic box.
MINAE also brought us a young white faced monkey still on the chain with a collar from where they found him on the highway. We tried to get him into the clinic, on the chain, because MINAE had no box. Whenever we tried to move him, he held on the chain so as not to choke, like he was used to being picked up like that. He wanted to lay on the ground he was so weak.
Quickly we got gloves and got him into the clinic to get him fluids and examine him. He will survive but may not be releasable although we are hoping he now hates humans and didn't imprint on the ones that held him captive.
This should NEVER EVER happen to wildlife.
Chippa the squirrel was found as a tiny baby on the ground with no mother anywhere nearby. Her eyes opened a few days after coming to the nursery, & she made excellent progress for several weeks before graduating to her pre-release enclosure. After a few more weeks, she was ready to go back out into the wild! Chippa was successfully released in an area with abundant trees and other squirrels, and is now free in the wild where she belongs! If you'd like to support our rescue and release efforts, donate to us at http://kidssavingtherainforest.org !
With great sadness, we would like to bid farewell to Ady,
the 3-toed sloth.
She arrived to us as an orphaned 300g ball of fluff, and over the course of a year she made great strides in her development and rehab towards wild living. Unfortunately, she never managed to grow as much as she should and developed a sudden illness.
This is the reality/tragedy we sometimes face with rescue work. We are still investigating the cause for what took her life so prematurely, and we will always keep striving to understand more and find ways to help other sloths...
And for the beloved Ady, we miss your beautiful presence and hope you are wild & free on the other side.
This Valentine's Day give your love to our planet, she really needs it. Send your support and sponsor one of the animals in our care or plant a small rainforest for a loved one and receive a beautiful certificate in their name.
Gift an original and meaningful gift that will last forever in the rainforest while joining forces with like minded people who are fighting climate change together!
Sponsor at this link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MjU2OTE=
Children are the future of this planet and they are already doing an amazing job at trying to protect it.
Ella is a great kid from the UK that has created a Crowdfunder for Kids Saving the Rainforest as part as a school project. All the funds she collects will be donated to help protect the wildlife and reforestation projects.
Please help her reach her goal and help share this amazing effort.
Rainforests are essential for there to be life on Earth they are home to a great number of wildlife and they clean the air we breathe. We need your help more than ever to prevent the rainforest from disappearing. Join us today to help fight climate change and keep rainforests alive for our future and the future of our planet.
Your donation will help save endangered species and protect the wildlife in Costa Rica. It will also go towards reforestation projects in Costa Rica, California and Peru.
Click here to help out!
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