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Kids Saving the Rainforest, a non-profit Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation facility, to become First to Release Hand-Raised Orphaned Sloths

June 16, 2014

Kids Saving the Rainforest, a non-profit Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation facility, to become First to Release Hand-Raised Orphaned Sloths

                       Boot camp enclosures and GPS Tracking Collars Vital to Process

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June 5, 2014 (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica) – Initially started by two nine year-old girls

who saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and inspired to save it, Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility located in the beautiful rainforest of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica announces its plan to release the first-known hand-raised orphaned sloths back into their natural habitat.  Named Pelota, Ellen and Kermie, these delightful close-knit threesome two-toeds will hopefully become the first ever once orphaned baby sloths of their kind to be released in Costa Rica and the first in the world to be released with GPS collars.               

            Two toed sloths typically spend up to two years with their mothers learning how to be wild. Three- toed sloths spend between 6 months and 1 year with their mothers learning to be wild. This time allows for the young to gain weight to stay warm, to learn how to find good shelter, what to eat, how to climb and to learn about predator avoidance.

 “We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the discovery of the successful raising and reentry of baby orphaned sloths,” said Jennifer Rice, PHD, President of Kids Saving the Rainforest. “Our organization’s commitment to helping with the feeding, care and rehabilitation of these baby sloths has been key to their eventual successful reentry to their natural habitat.

 

“ We are so excited to be able to share what we’ve learned so far about raising orphaned sloths with other rescue organizations around the world so that they can eventually successfully release these orphans back into their environs where they belong”, said Sam Trull, Wildlife Manager at KSTR.org.

 Vital to this process is the pre-release of the threesome into a  50 by 40 M  “boot camp” facility with large trees and ample climbing opportunities which is being built by a group of volunteers on KSTR property this June.  This will allow the three as well as the other up and coming youngsters to move into a protected environment that provides a needed learning environment before their release.

 KSTR is raising funds to help facilitate this important project to outfit the sloths with tracking collars to ensure their safety and to study their behavior upon release. Kids Saving the Rainforest encourages all citizens to get on board to maintain and preserve the magnificence of the rainforest and wildlife that is a vital part of Costa Rica. Donations may be made directly by clicking on the Save the Sloths logo on KSTR.org home page. To contact KSTR, email jennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org  or  call 011-506-2-777-2592.  You can also view relevant updates on our local supporters’ blog in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.            .

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