Giving Tuesday with the sloths!
Giving Tuesday is finally here and the festive season is just around the corner (doesn’t it feel like 2020 has somehow been both the fastest and the slowest year ever?). We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us throughout this difficult time.
Despite the challenges faced in 2020, we have managed to continue running, growing and expanding all of our sloth conservation programs – and also supporting the local community here in Costa Rica!
A year to give back
Earlier this year we celebrated #GivingTuesdayNow – a global day of giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We took this opportunity to provide emergency assistance to local families in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica to ensure they have access to essential resources.
By helping local communities and prioritizing their needs during difficult times, we are able to build trust and utilize indigenous knowledge, which in turn has a positive influence on our conservation outcomes. Protecting sloths means protecting people!
This year we want to highlight the people who have helped us to create a better world for sloths!
Doing science with the community
We believe that engaging local communities in wildlife conservation efforts is critical for the success of projects. Not only are these people the ones that depend on the local environment, but due to their proximity and unrivalled knowledge of wildlife, they are also well placed to participate in conservation efforts.
Earlier this year we began a long-term post-release monitoring project for 6 sloths that arrived as orphaned babies to the Jaguar Rescue Center. Some of these sloths were reintroduced into the Cahuita National Park, and this gave us a wonderful opportunity to include the local community of Cahuita in our sloth tracking work.
The property of the Siegrit family borders the national park where the sloths were released and we would regularly find our sloths snoozing in their trees!
From tree-cutter to tree-connecter
This is Adolfo Gimenez, a.k.a. “Gallo”, our tree climber and Sloth Crossing installer! Gallo used to work as a tree surgeon – trimming and cutting down trees, but now he spends his days working with Team Sloth to reconnect the rainforest with artificial wildlife bridges!
A story of hardship and resilience
Although protecting sloths may seem like a narrow focus, conservation involves the whole community, often in unexpected ways. In the video below, Diego, our forest nursery manager, tells us his story during this complicated year.
Together we have managed to achieve remarkable things for sloths in 2020!
While this year continues to present us with unforeseen challenges, here in Costa Rica we are more focused than ever on our mission to safeguard a future for sloths. Our shared compassion and determination are giving us the strength and motivation to battle on through these difficult times.
This is an important day for non-profit organizations everywhere, and we wanted to personally take this opportunity to let you know how much your support means to us.
We couldn’t do any of this without your kindness and generosity, so thank you for helping us to make 2020 a truly wonderful year for sloth conservation! Join us on Team Sloth and we will double these achievements (and more!) in 2021!