Welcome to Kids Saving the Rainforest!


Our co-founder Janine Licare planting a rainforest tree, photo by Marianne Coates

Our co-founder Janine Licare planting a rainforest tree,  photo by Marianne Coates

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) began in 1999 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone were 9 years old.  Janine and Aislin saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and the negative impact of this on the animals, particularly the mono titi monkeys.  They were kids inspired to save the precious rainforest, so voila, our name became Kids Saving the Rainforest!

Since our inception, KSTR, a non-profit organization, has grown in leaps and bounds. Our programs include:

  • Monkey Bridge Program- with 130 bridges over the roads in the area, the endangered Titi Monkey population has gone from only 1200 to 3700! Check out our recent report & poster:  Monkey Bridge Report 2012 & Monkey Bridge Poster
  • Wildlife Rescue Center – the only legal rescue center in the area with a highly skilled veterinarian and staff to care for approximately 120 wild animals rescued each year. Without this center, most of these animals would die! Now our Wildlife Rescue is located adjacent to our Wildlife Sanctuary. Check our new report:  KSTR Wildlife Rescue Center Annual Stats 2013  

    Click Here to View our April 24, 2014 04 wish list!

  • Wildlife Sanctuary – some rescued animals cannot be released into the wild, and need a place to live out their lives in safety.  KSTR is a licensed animal care facility, where the amazing rainforest animals help to teach people about the need to save the rainforest and the wildlife who thrive there.

Reforestation Project – KSTR has planted over 6,900 trees and aims to be sustainable by growing the food for resident animals, as well as 305 breadfruit trees donated from Trees that Feed.

  • Volunteer program – a vibrant and engaging live-in program with incredible housing at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • New! Wildlife Tour – We invite you to take this special Wildlife Tour.  See the dedication and love it takes to help save these rainforest animals in our sanctuary—over 130 animals every year.

Tit monkey, photo courtesy of Marianne Coates info@mariannecoatesphotography.com

KSTR continues to grow and expand and our current priority is to connect with more concerned people to help support the continued operation of our enormously successful  animal rehabilitation program.  We have created a solution to work for the community as well as the animals of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, and we need your support.

While KSTR continues to co-ordinate these exciting  projects plus furthering our ongoing relationships with schools around the world and taking part in international research projects, we need financial help to support the Rescue Center. Please visit our Donation and Adoption page to see how to help in the way that inspires you the most! Donations to our 501(3)C US non-profit organization are 100% tax deductible.  The animals of the rainforest and future generations thank you!

With gratitude,
Kids Saving the Rainforest,
a tax deductible 501(3)C US nonprofit