Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sloths | The Sloth Rescue & Sanctuary


The brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus), is a species of three-toed sloth. It is the most common of the four species of three-toed sloth, and is found in the forests of South and Central America.

Sloths are the six species of medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae (two-toed sloth) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloth), part of the order Pilosa and therefore related to armadillos and anteaters, which sport a similar set of specialized claws.

They are arboreal (tree dwelling) residents of the jungles of Central and South America.

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The Sloth Rescue & Sanctuary of Costa Rica specializes in the care, rehabilitation and research of Choloepus & Bradypus sloths.

Over twenty years ago a small sloth was brought to my door. I cupped the tiny animal in my hands and knew I had to do something. This baby sloth, who many of you know as Buttercup was dying of starvation. Her mother was most likely dead and I was faced with a huge challenge. At the time, little was known about sloths, much less baby sloths. I was warmed that I should let the baby go, that I would not be able to feed her, that I would only be prolonging the inevitable. I looked down at her little face and knew that I would do anything in my power to save this tiny sloth.

Buttercup the 3-fingered Sloth is the most photographed sloth in the world!

Buttercup had a few difficult months. But, through trial and error I was able to concoct a diet that brought her into adulthood. Today, she holds the record of being the sloth to live the longest time in captivity and she reigns supreme over our veranda at the Sloth Sanctuary.

As the years passed, we became the “sloth people” Orphaned and injured sloths were brought to us for rehabilitation. We began a local educational program teaching that baby sloths are bad pet choices . We raised awareness about poaching and we became a gathering place for an international hub for sloth research.

Today we are responsible for over 150 sloths. Many have been maimed by electric wires, or tortured by cruel humans. They require our constant attention. We love taking care for these adorable gentle animals, but we need your help.

Please consider supporting us as we care for these beautiful animals and become a virtual member of our team. You will help us raise awareness in our local community so the needless cruelty and the pain will stop.

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- Judy Arroyo

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