Since 1992, the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has been caring for injured and orphaned sloths. We rescue, rehabilitate and research sloths with the ultimate goal of releasing them to their natural habitat. Those that cannot be released (disability or lack of essential survival skills) are provided with balanced nutrition, veterinary care, exercise, socialization with other sloths. The Sanctuary is 100% funded by proceeds from our tours, gift shop, inn and donations from generous people around the world.
No general admission. A tour is required to visit the Sanctuary.
Buttercup Tour: $30 per person,
2 hours. No advance booking required. Details here.
Insider’s AM or PM Tour:
$150 per person, 4 hours. Advance booking and payment by PayPal required. Details here. All major credit cards accepted.
Tours: 8AM–2PM, Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays.
Buttercup Inn: Check-in 3PM/Check-out 12PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Advance booking required. Details here.
GPS Latitude 9.799565 Longitude -82.915112 • Route 36, about 30 minutes south of Limon • Maps & details here.
Bus from Limon: Take the Limon-Cahuita-Hone Creek-Puerto Viejo bus. Ask the driver to stop at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary. Look for the yellow & black sloth crossing sign at the bus stop near the Sanctuary gate. Approaching from the south, we are about 30 minutes north of Puerto Viejo; about 15 minutes north of Cahuita.
Can I hold a sloth?
No. Only Sanctuary staff can hold or touch sloths. This is for their safety, to protect them from stress and microbes. This is also for your safety, as they are wild animals and although slow, can act in unpredictable ways. Details here.
Can I volunteer or intern at the Sanctuary?
No. We are too small to have volunteers or interns on staff. Details here.
Do you need veterinary help?
No. We have veterinarians on staff and do not expect any openings in the future.
What should I wear?
Rain gear, sun protection, a hat, closed-toe shoes, insect repellent. It’s the rainforest. Weather details here.
How can I learn more about sloths?
For the past four years researcher Becky Cliffe has been studying sloths at the Sanctuary. See her site and read our research blog posts here.
What can I bring to donate?
Meyenberg® Whole Powdered Goat Milk & Bene-Bac® Plus Pet Gel in 15gm syringes are perpetually at the top of our wish list.
We request 60 days’ advance notice to film at the Sanctuary and/or interview founder Judy Avey-Arroyo, researcher Becky Cliffe or any other Sanctuary staff. Please send details of the project and requested date(s) to Media@SlothSanctuary.com