Hotel Byblos Resort in conjunction with Kids Saving the Rainforest will be hosting a community fundraiser to collect funds and supplies to enable the continued care and operation of the only locally government sanctioned wild animal rescue center located near Costa Rica’s world famous Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
Kids Saving The Rainforest, a not-for-profit Costa Rican organization and U.S. non profit 501 C 3, was founded 13 years ago with the monkey bridge program, and later expanded to include an animal rescue center for the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area.
Two pre-teen girls who recognized the need to help the local wildlife as tourism developments began to effect their natural habitat founded the organization. This will be Kids Saving the Rainforest first fundraiser since it was founded.
The organization is accustomed to bringing in enough proceeds for the rescue center through their own souvenir shop. With the downturn in the economy, this facility will be forced to close if enough money cannot be raised to cover their monthly expenses.
“A full time resident vet, animal caretaker, volunteers and a guard all live on the property helping to rehab the many injured or confiscated animals,” said rescue center coordinator Jennifer Rice. “Unfortunately, this comes with a certain fixed cost, not to mention the food, maintenance, vet supplies and numerous other items required to care for a variety of exotic animals.”
“The rescue center is the only legal facility in the Central Pacific area, and is a very necessary part of our community.” added Ms. Rice.
All injured wild animals are brought by community members or by environmental ministry workers. At present there are some 55 different animals being treated to include exotic birds, four species of monkeys, two species of sloths, armadillos, agoutis, coati mundis, marmesets, timirins, and other exotic wildlife, said the organization. Most are eventually re-released in the wild, though some are beyond rehabilitation and must stay permanently at the rescue facility.
The fundraiser will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Byblos Hotel Sept. 9, coinciding with Costa Rica’s national children’s day. There will be live music, kids activities, ice cream, drinks, food, a raffle, and lots of fun! Tickets will be on sale at numerous local businesses and are $25 for adults and $10 for children. More information is available from Anita Myketuk at (506) 2777-1002.
“Saving injured wildlife is an integral part of living in this area.” says Kimberly Barron, director of marketing at Hotel Byblos. “This is not just a feel-good fundraiser. These beautiful animals are one of the main attractions for tourism in our area. Local Manuel Antonio hotels and tourism operations that depend on national and international visitors cannot afford to ignore the need for a full-service animal rescue center. With plans to offer awareness tours of the facility to area visitors, the rescue center’s continued operation is a win win for all concerned.” added Ms. Barron.
The Kids Saving the Rainforest souvenir store located at Hotel Mono Azul. The Web site is www.kidssavingtherainforest.org.