The Sloth Sanctuary

Sloth Mission

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Our Mission:

For the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to be a facility that advocates the protection and rehabilitation of sloths in recovery, specifically through the study, research and exchange of knowledge that facilitates the development of scientific information for Costa Rica’s two species of sloths, the Bradypus variegatus – “Three-fingered” sloth and Choloepus hoffmanni – “Two-fingered” sloth. The sanctuary shall strive to promote and foster initiatives that heighten people’s awareness of sloths and to provide educational information on the importance of the species and their Costa Rican environment.

General Objectives:

  • Rescue and rehabilitate sloths with special needs that are referred to the sanctuary; utilize environmental alternatives that will improve their welfare and quality of life.
  • Study and understand the behavior, life-style, physiology and pathology of sloths through research, and the exchange of information.
  • Promote people’s respect for sloths and disseminate information on their present and future importance to our environment; stimulate scientific and social interest in sloths with the support of those organizations involved in, and responsible for, environmental protection.
  • Expand research efforts through modern technology to develop a proven and humane program to teach hand-reared sloths the skills necessary for survival in the wild.
  • Expand our children’s environmental education program to include children not only from our immediate area, but from throughout Costa Rica and the world in order to bring a greater understanding of these extraordinary and fascinating animals to future generations.