Oprah- the 2 fingered sloth at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
This week we have launched the Save Our Sloths fundraiser, and now we need your help in order to make this a success. We are aiming to raise enough money to buy the necessary scientific equipment that will allow us to continue with our research and develop a release program to return hand-reared sloths back to their natural habitat.
You can help us to achieve this dream by donating whatever you can through our campaign page:
No donation is too small, every dollar is a step closer to reaching our goal.
I passionately believe that your contribution will help to make a huge difference to the conservation of sloths around the world. Together we have the chance to discover more about these amazing animals and help to protect them in the future.
As well as donations, please help us to spread the word and share our campaign page with all of your friends.
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For those of you who can’t visit us in Costa Rica, The Dallas World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas currently has two amazing exhibits that feature rescued sloths from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. You can also learn more about our long relationship with DWA on our website under the tab partnership.
The three-fingered sloth exhibit is on the 3rd level of their rainforest. It is an open exhibit with no fencing, mesh or glass between you and the sloth – but please don’t touch as the sloths like their personal space! The exhibit is made up of small groups of trees connected by vines and a rope-wrapped support structure.
The sloths, Leno, Kawika and Jewel, are free to move about these trees and vines as much, or as little as they like. Generally, a sloth can always be found sleeping in a juncture of tree branches. One of DWA’s three-fingered sloths can be found on this exhibit every day from opening until around 4:00PM. There is no scheduled feeding at this exhibit. The sloths are fed throughout the day whenever they ask for food. They do this by simply coming down lower in the trees or branches and extending their hand – the favorite food for the three-fingered are the pods and leaves of the tropical cecropia tree that are flown in just for them, twice each week. The sloths at DWA eat as much as they like and then head back up the tree to go back to sleep.
Depending on the sloth, this could happen several times a day – or not at all, so finicky would be a great word to describe the eating habit of the three-fingered sloth!
The newly expanded two-fingered sloth exhibit is located on the 2nd level of the rainforest directly across from the waterfall. This exhibit has three levels fabricated out of rock with a water feature on the side that cascades into a small pond on the lower level. A large tree is on the 1st level and extends up to the 3rd level.
This exhibit is home to Velcro and Freckle. These two are crazy about each other and can usually be found cuddling together. The blonde hair belongs to Freckle, and the dark brown to Velcro. There is a scheduled public feeding for this exhibit at 11:00AM each day. A DWA keeper feeds vegetables to Velcro and Freckle while talking with the guests and answering questions.
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