San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is saddened to report that more than 30 monkey bridges were destroyed by the storm June 1. Not only have more than one-quarter of the bridges been destroyed, but also many trees in the rain forest have come down, making it extremely difficult for the monkeys to travel in the canopy for their food. Some have been electrocuted trying to find new routes, because now they have to pass through live wires and transformers. It is crucial to get the bridges up again.

To ensure the survival of the critically endangered tití or squirrel monkeys, bridges have to be replaced and new locations investigated. The cost to repair and replace the bridges will be more than $2,000. KSTR does not have these funds. The bridges have been a huge part of the squirrel monkeys’ population increase; without them, there will be more electrocutions and deaths of monkeys hit by cars. If you are able to make a donation or shop in the KSTR souvenir store, the group would be most grateful.

All proceeds from the store go toward saving the rain forest and the monkeys. For more information, call 2777-2592 or e-mail

We have a new, private, English-speaking medical service with a membership program for families, hotels and businesses, called Linea Vital de CR, in Boca Vieja, 150 meters past the Coca-Cola agency on the main road to San José. For more information, call 2777-6868 or 8705-9091, or e-mail

–Jennifer Rice,

& Anita Myketuk,

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