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Working With Nature
Working With Nature Natural rhythms Many people are drawn to Costa Rica for its “Pura Vida” lifestyle (literally translating as ‘Pure Life’); a motto that remin...Read Post
7 ways you can help sloths today!
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” We have created a list of 7 simple things that you can do every ...Read Post
Know your Sloth Predators: The Great Harpy Eagle
Know your Sloth Predators: The Great Harpy Eagle The Harpy Eagle holds the crown as the most powerful eagle in the world - and it also happens to be the sloth's main pre...Read Post
Eating Green to Save Sloths: Why Your Diet Matters
Why your diet matters Have you ever considered that what you choose to eat each day has a direct impact on the welfare and survival of sloths in the wild? By changing yo...Read Post
Helping Sloths By Helping Dogs
Saving sloths by sterilizing dogs What do these two have in common? You might find them both featured in baby animal calendars or filling the feeds of a...Read Post
What Do You Call A Group Of Sloths?
What Do You Call A Group Of Sloths? You have probably heard of a murder of crows. What about a parliament of owls? A shrewdness of apes? A bloat of hippopotamuses? Who c...Read Post
8 Perfect Gifts For People Who Love Sloths
Looking for the perfect gift for the sloth lover in your life? Look no further for sloth gift ideas - we have you covered! Our selection of sloth-themed Gifts that Give ...Read Post
Thank You For A Phenomenal Year
Thank you for a phenomenal year We have had a phenomenal year at The Sloth Conservation Foundation and our success is all down to the kindness and generosity of our supp...Read Post
Sloth Myths: 11 Things You Think You Know About Sloths
Myths About Sloths Although there are tons of sloth myths on the internet coming from self-appointed sloth experts, there are actually very few scientific studies that h...Read Post
Love and Respect for Sloths
Love and Respect for Sloths Do you ever smile when you are anxious? Laugh when you feel uncomfortable? Often, our external appearances can be deceiving. Remember the ...Read Post
The Wildlife Selfie Problem
The Wildlife Selfie Problem Animals all over the world are being exploited for hands-on wildlife encounters. We might think that a photo of us riding an elephant, swimmi...Read Post
Spooky Sloth Stories For Halloween!
If iconic villains were replaced with sloths... To celebrate the end of October we have created some spooky Halloween sloths and listed our favourite spooky sloth facts ...Read Post
10 incredible facts about the sloth
10 incredible facts about the sloth Originally named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins, it's no surprise that sloths have been labelled as the worlds laziest animal...Read Post
Record-breaking bridges for sloths
Record-breaking bridges for sloths! Thanks to the generous support of our donors we have managed to install THREE new Sloth Crossing canopy bridges in the South Caribbea...Read Post
Sloth Problems (and how to solve them)
Sloth Problems (and how to solve them) On October 20th we celebrate International Sloth Day, but this year we decided to launch #SlothWeek - 7 whole days dedicated to th...Read Post
Camera traps fooled by sneaky sloths
Camera traps fooled by sneaky sloths Camera traps and trail cameras are commonly used outdoors for wildlife research and they are now also playing an increasingly imp...Read Post
Sloths and other strange mammals
The typical mammals As mammals, we (almost) all have some traits in common: seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, a relatively constant body temperature of 37°C/98°F,...Read Post
Planting 100 trees in a morning
A family comes together to plant trees Last week chief sloth botanist and director of the Connected Gardens Project met with a local family at their beautiful property...Read Post
New Sloth Crossing Wildlife Bridges
This month we are delighted to have installed 2 new Sloth Crossing wildlife bridges in the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica! 'Sloth Crossings' are artificial bridg...Read Post
Tourism, selfies and animals: are you travelling responsibly?
The tourism industry is a huge business. By 2020 it is estimated that 1.5 billion people will be travelling the globe as tourists, but here we want to highlight a particu...Read Post
Sloth diversity - Species
This week we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity! Did you know that the sloths we see today only represent a very small amount of the sloth diversity...Read Post
Thinking about a pet sloth?
Sloths are rising in popularity as exotic pets, but please read this information if you are considering getting a pet sloth for yourself! Firstly, sloths are wild an...Read Post
Endangered Sloths - how can YOU help?
This week we are commemorating Endangered Species Day by taking a closer look at the two types of sloth that are currently threatened with extinction. There has never bee...Read Post
Game of Sloths
This month we decided to combine our love of sloths with our love of Game of Thrones: Introducing the Game of Sloths!For this photo series SloCo graphic designer Cecilia...Read Post
Sloth Education Outreach - YOU can help!
It is hugely important to us that the children who live alongside sloths – the children who will grow up to be responsible for future conservation efforts – know as m...Read Post
Adopt a Sloth for Mother's Day
Sloth fans in the United States - Mother's Day is fast approaching! What better way to show your love and appreciation than by adopting a sloth in your mom's name? We off...Read Post
Releasing hand-reared orphan sloths back into the wild
Can an orphan sloth that has been hand-reared in a rescue center survive after being released into the rainforest? As humans, can we raise that baby in a way that equips ...Read Post
Sloths need more than just Cecropia for survival
Why do scientists sometimes feel the need to jump to extra conclusions, just so that they can have an eye-catching story for the media? This can be incredibly dangerous f...Read Post
Don't Stress the Sloths - a guide to responsible tourism
We are so excited to launch our latest campaign in 2019 - how to enjoy sloths without stressing them out, a guide to responsible sloth tourism! Most people don't realise ...Read Post
Sloths and Palm Oil: how can you help?
The world is waking up to the palm oil crisis that has driven orangutans to the brink of extinction, but is boycotting palm oil really the answer? Unfortunately no, but t...Read Post
To instigate long-term change, we strongly believe that planting the seeds of knowledge and awareness from an early age are the key to success. Although the missions of S...Read Post
NEWLY PUBLISHED: sloths hanging out for a drink!
Our latest work has just been published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/...Read Post
NEWLY PUBLISHED - the sloths extraordinary metabolic response to temperature!
We are delighted to announce that our latest sloth research paper was published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PeerJ! It is freely available for everyone t...Read Post
The Great Sloth Run - the first ever 5K race to benefit sloth conservation!
We are excited to announce that, together with Pangols and Sloth Relief & Shelters, we are launching the first ever 5K race to benefit sloth conservation - The Great ...Read Post
Sloth Island, Guyana: in pursuit of the pale-throated sloth!
Hiding deep within the remote jungles of South America, there is an elusive and commonly overlooked species of sloth clinging onto survival. The pale-throated sloths are ...Read Post
Is Costa Rica really the best place in the world to see sloths?
If you want to see sloths in the wild, a quick google search will definitively point you in the direction of Costa Rica. With its abundance of wildlife (boasting 5% of th...Read Post
Starving to death on a full stomach
There is a reason why sloths are only found in neotropical rainforests - because the weather is warm, humid and relatively stable all year round. Sloths are unable to reg...Read Post
The Male Sloth Speculum
We often receive reports of sloths that have been severely burnt or attacked with machetes as they are spotted with what appears to be a horrifying injury on th...Read Post
Gifts That Give Back
Shopping for the sloth lover in your life? Look no further! We can provide you with the perfect gift that will not only bring a smile to someone’s face, but will save a...Read Post
Do you think you are stronger than a sloth?
Do you think you are stronger than a sloth? Probably. Sloths are often perceived as being simple, lazy animals that do little other than sleep all day. In fact, you might...Read Post
Why did the sloth cross the road?
For many species, the construction of a road slicing through the forest is an unwelcome inconvenience. Animals that can leap, such as monkeys, may be able to traverse the...Read Post
Update: Sloth Research, Conservation and Life in the Slow Lane
2017 has been an eventful year so far with new sloth research as well as the launch of our coffee-table book - with proceeds going towards supporting The Sloth Conserva...Read Post
CALL TO ACTION - the sloth "sanctuary" of Oregon
A recent media splash advertising “sloth sleepovers” has drawn our attention to the alleged “Sloth Sanctuary” in Portland, Oregon. While this centre has been on o...Read Post
How can I get a job with sloths?
“Your job is amazing”, “How can I get a job like that?”, “I want to be a sloth scientist” These are the usual responses I get when I tell people that I’m a...Read Post
The Power of Education
Welcome to our first official blog post for The Sloth Conservation Foundation - and just in time for International Sloth Day which we celebrated on October 20th. One of...Read Post
Sloths Like It Hot
Sloths Like It Hot: ambient temperature modulates food intake in the brown-throated sloth (Bradypus Variegatus) During this study we measured exact levels of food inta...Read Post
The Pygmy Sloths of Panama
The Pygmy sloths of Panama are considered to be one of the world’s most critically endangered mammals with the last official population count identifying only 79 indivi...Read Post
Sloth Conservation: “Be the change you want to see in the world”
Sloth populations across South and Central America, like many other animals, are under threat from unprecedented levels of habitat loss. There is no way to escape the fac...Read Post
Mitigating the Squash Effect: Sloths Breathe Easily Upside Down
Sloths are known to spend a significant amount of their time hanging vertically upside down, yet no one has ever discovered how they manage this. If we were to stand on o...Read Post
Here's Why Sloths Do Not Make Good Pets
A while ago, the internet went crazy over the story of a five-month-old baby girl and her best friend: a pet sloth. The story was accompanied by photos and a video that q...Read Post
Sloth Deformities – A Genetic Study
The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica have now received 9 orphaned baby sloths showing birth defects and other institutions such as the Jaguar Rescue Centre are reporting a s...Read Post
Why Do Sloths Really Poop on the Ground?
Sloths are famous for their unusual and bizarre bathroom habits. Both two-fingered (Choloepus) and three-fingered (Bradypus) sloths will only defecate once a week, and fo...Read Post
Why Are Sloths So Slow?
When you imagine a sloth, you probably think of a simple, lazy creature that does very little other than sleep all day. In fact, you might wonder how such an animal survi...Read Post