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Kids Saving The Rainforest Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Forest Conservation, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The Mission of Kids Saving the Rainforest A nonprofit corporation under Section 501(c) 3US Federal Tax ID #06-1594980 is to protect the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast by rehabilitating wildlife, conducting original scientific research, training volunteers, and promoting conservation and reforestation.

Results: -Rescue & refuge work with more than 1000 animals over the years -More than 100 wildlife bridges installed throughout Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica area -Tens of thousands of trees planted -Educational tours & volunteer/intern experience to thousands of people, including Kids Camps and other special events for outreach with children -Multiple Wildlife Vets have presented at international conferences

Direct beneficiaries per year: Almost 200 animals, close to 100 volunteers and countless school children. We have also planted more than 10,000 trees

Geographic areas served: Costa Rica & California/Global

Programs: -Rescue, rehab, release of injured, orphaned or displaced animals with a veterinary clinic onsite, rehab center and nursery -Wildlife refuge sanctuary for unreleasable animals with educational tours -Volunteer/internship programs in all areas for a nominal fee -Internships can often include school credit for students pursuing veterinary, biology or other conservation & research fields -Wildlife bridge installation to prevent electrocutions & car strikes in overdeveloped or defragmented areas -Reforestation programs globally & tree planting in Costa Rica -Environmental education outreach programs, especially with children -Kids camps & special environmental events

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer at Kids Saving the Rainforest for many years conducting tours, and helping in the clinic and nursery. I have great belief in KSTRs mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild animals. They have helped many animals and planted many trees. They also educate the public. They serve a vital role here in Costa Rica. They have suffered a lot because of covid and need help. Hope they will be awarded a grant. There is no other organization that plays the role they do in this part of Costa Rica.

Donor

Rating: 3

They save so many animals here. All the staff and volunteers put in endless amounts of love & time to rescue, rehab, give medicine and eventually place the animals back into the wild again. They are the real deal wildlife heroes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are humans. We share our home with nature because nature is our lifeline, it’s mother, it’s Gaia. These species are more peaceful than us, they are charming life forms that share the same home.
Help them in anyway posible, so we humans can evolve and stop this retrograde.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting KSTR for several years now and love what they do with so little. The big rock star charities come with huge salaries and overhead and usually controversy. KSTR has a small staff and dedicated volunteers who have a true passion for helping animals and making do with what they have. Their goal is to rescue, release and educate. The Earth needs all the friends it can get and they are truly friends of the planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been collecting & bringing leaves for the sloths to eat at KSTR for 2 years now and I love it. I also sometimes help with transportation for injured animals and releases. It’s a great place!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Rainforest holds a wonderful variety of animals but, sadly, they are often injured by road accidents and other misfortunes. KSTR rescues them and treats their injuries with the view to release them back into the wild. They also plant more trees where the vegetation has been stripped so that available habitat increases. This is very important work to preserve the forest and the amazing wildlife that lives there.

Barbara S.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great accomodations, great people, beautiful surroundings, great nature tour, and pool. Night tour was fun. Close to other sights for day trips as well. Been a few times before Pandemic.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great initiative from for young environmentalists and conservationists to feel apart of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired teacher. When I was still teaching grade 4/5, my students and I had a special interest in animals and the environment and protecting both. We live in the Northwest rainforest, so we researched information about rainforests for one of our projects. That is when we discovered Kids Saving the Rainforest Inc. located in Costa Rica. My students and I were immediately taken by the idea of kids saving their rainforest in Costa Rica and contacted them to find out about their experiences in order to get valuable information about how to protect our rainforest and the animals that live here. My students contacted them and were received with enthusiasm, kindness, excellent information and advice. As a group, my class and I supported Kids Saving the Rainforest with several small donations and encouragement to continue their amazing, valuable work. My students, kids In Canada, connected with Kids Saving the Rainforest in Costa Rica in a common cause, saving their immediate environment and its flora and fauna as a way of preserving our part of the planet for the future benefit of the entire planet. I can think of no better stewards of our planet, its environment and animals than kids. And Kids Saving the Rainforest are showing us the way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization, located in Costa Rica, has a dedicated staff and volunteers who do their best to rehabilitate injured wildlife and return them to the wild. Unlike other organizations, the animals are not made into exhibits, rather they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I was very impressed when I visited, and I urge anyone in Costa Rica to come and see all of their great work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of volunteering at KSTR twice when I was a young teenager. I know that I would not be as passionate about conservation and environmentalism if it weren’t for those visits. I am now graduating university with an Environmental Science degree and am looking to work in the field of wildlife preservation. And all that passion and dedication started when I met Jennifer Rice, the team of inspirational workers and volunteers, and witnessed the power of KSTR’s work.

Louisa W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly incredible organisation that does incredible things to tirelessly rehabilitate the animal of Costa Rica.

Dani Effin D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with KSTR for years and they have grown so much since their inception and humble beginnings in 1999. So many animals have been helped and gone back to the wild, so many wildlife bridges have helped keep wildlife safe and mobile, and so many trees planted to help the environment! Working with the animals here has been the most rewarding part of my life.

Amy_138

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2006, I was able to be a small part of KSTR with the academic group I was traveling with from SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY. While in Quepos, Costa Rica, we hand made post cards to sell at the Hotel Mono Azul to sell in their gift shop to support the organization. We were able to take flyers and pamphlets to the local shops and the beaches in the area containing information on why feeding the monkeys is actually a destructive act, for both the animal health and behavior. It may not have been a lot, but the organization is made up of wonderful people who put their hearts in the right place to make a solid difference.