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Kids Saving the Rainforest

Location – Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

The Project – Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife  in and around Manuel Antonio National Park. The organisation was founded in 1999 when two nine year olds, Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone, were inspired to protect the rainforest and its wildlife. Read their story here.

Work at the centre includes:
A sanctuary for animals that cannot be released due to injury or lack of survival skills
Installing monkey bridges to keep monkeys and sloths above the road to avoid traffic accidents
A volunteer programme
Reforestation project
An educational children’s camp.

Our Support – In 2018 we are supporting a reforestation project run by KSTR. The centre has been donated 117 hectares of land near the wildlife centre, and the LATA Foundation is funding the reforestation of this land, which will then be used as a site for wildlife release, for education and research, and for growing fruit trees to feed the wildlife that is currently being rehabilitated at the centre.

The LATA Foundation has previously supported KSTR by funding tracking collars as part of their Sloth Release Project, in order to monitor the progress of the sloths that are being released back into the wild. In 2015, we supported the rescue, rehabilitation and release of the first troop of endangered squirrel monkeys, and prior to that we have funded various similar projects that have allowed KSTR to study animals, rehabilitate them via a natural pre-release process and release them back into the wild.

Further information – During Autumn 2014, BBC1 transmitted a wildlife programme about orphaned animals in Costa Rica, filmed at the Kids Saving the Rainforest project. Presenters Ellie Harrison and Max Hug Williams followed the early lives of orphaned baby animals as they made their brave journeys back in to the wild in a two-part, 60 minute series from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit filmed in Costa Rica and in Australia.

“Through the dedication of the amazing carers I met in Costa Rica, the animals that have had the hardest start in life are given the second chance they deserve. These incredible people have given up everything to nurture and care for these orphans 24/7 and having seen what they go through, I have to say, it must be one of the toughest jobs in the world.” Max Hug Williams.

“I am thrilled we are supporting this project,” says Katie Liddell of our projects team. “The work that Kids Saving the Rainforest do in caring for the wildlife in Manuel Antonio is so valuable. One of my favourite experiences in Costa Rica was seeing the sloths so it is great to hear they are being looked after.”