Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the questions about the Sloth Sanctuary. To make it easier use the drop down tab or click one of the links below:




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Adopting Sloths

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Teegan August 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm


My boyfriend and myself are going to be travelling Central/South America from Australia next year. We were researching visiting the Sloth Sanctuary and just had a question on if we visitors were able to hold a sloth?

Many thanks,


Amy December 4, 2013 at 1:10 am

My daughter and I love watching the videos of your sloths! the one where they are getting bathed, and then eating hibiscus flowers as a treat is so dear..I am surprised at how many people think sloths are available as pets (!?).They are WILD ANIMALS, not toys, not kittens.There is a sloth in the display window of an “exotic” pet store here in Austin (called Zookeeper).It bums me out to see her languishing near a tree limb, instead of enjoying a full life in her appropriate habitat.Thanks for the work you do, and for educating the stubbornly ignorant public in a patient and calm manner.We hope to visit your sanctuary some day!


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hi Amy,

We are happy that you are enjoying the videos about the sloths. Sloths being part of the pet trade is something that we are very discouraged about. You are correct that all animals that are not domesticated should remain in the wild. We appreciate your support and we shall, “Sloth on!”


Krista August 28, 2013 at 1:47 am


My name is Krista and I am very interested in adopting a sloth for my fiancée who has been in love with sloths since I can remember and we are hoping to visit the sloth sanctuary sometime in 2014. I would just like some basic information about the process of adopting a sloth, the price, etc. I know he would be very happy to adopt one! :)



Sloth September 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

Dear Krista,

Thank you for your inquiry about sloth adoptions. We have had an overwhelming response from people viewing YouTube videos, The Animal Planet documentary and many other internet sites about adopting or sponsoring our sloths. We had an adoption program a few years back and it was impossible for us to keep up with. People are looking for certificates, photos, updates etc and it became too time consuming to keep up with.

We are researching and trying to find a way that we can have a sloth adoption program and be able to deliver things electronically rather than try to send things via air mail. If you are still interested in adopting a sloth in the future please go to our website and add yourself to our mailing list. You can also go to our Facebook Page and “like” the Sloth Sanctuary. Here are the links:

Thank you for your understanding in receiving this auto response. We apologize that we are unable to answer every email with a personal note. We appreciate your support!

Slothfully yours,



Doug December 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

I can certainly understand how trying to keep up with news and changes in the adoptee’s, but, if you get enough adoptee’s you could bring a person in who’s job is completely devoted to the adopter’s. Not really sure what wages are like in your area of the world, but I would guess it would be relatively low. Take a look at hiring someone to handle all the requirements of the job. I doubt anyone that adopts a sloth would begrudge the fact that some of their contribution is being used to pay for someone to handle all the tasks involved. That being said, if you hire someone to do something else, and no one looks after the handling of the parents that adopted a sloth, there would be an outpouring of complaints regarding the misuse of funds.


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

Dear Doug,
We are working on the adoption program. Thanks for all your great input. We will take it into consideration and thanks for your support!


Krystine Evans January 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Hi there, Just a thought (you may already be aware of this, but I thought it might be helpful), we currently foster two elephant orphans (and a rhino) through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. They have developed an amazing online fostering program which seems to require little human intervention (aside from keeping the server running…) on a day to day basis. The program ticks all the boxes for providing photographs, certificates, orphan back stories and regular updates. Their staff base may be greater than yours, but I am sure Angela Sheldrick (who designed the systems) would be happy to share her knowledge to assist another wildlife rehabilitation program if you are interested in this. From what I understand this program creates a strong income base for their rescue and rehab programs. Kind regards, Krys (Adelaide, Australia).

Nicole August 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hi my name is Nicole and sloths have been my favorite pet since I was really little do u know if I can get one some where or when I get older may I come and work at your place I love all sloths and I love the sloths at sloth sanctuary

P.S. do u know if sloths are legal to buy in ma????
— Nicole


Sloth September 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

Dear Nicole,
We appreciate your love for sloths. They are wild animals and should not be kept as pets. We hope that you understand that they should not be domesticated. Our mission is to protect them and keep them part of the rainforest as they were intended.


Nicole September 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Oh ok I understand but what if I came to Costa Rica and I worked at the sloth sanctuary when I got older would that be ok?


Sarah September 18, 2013 at 5:20 am

Hi, I am doing a assignment for school and I am doing mine on (my favourite thing in the world) Two toed Sloths and I am wondering since it lives in the canopy layer of the Amazon, what is the animals risks from human either with deforestation or immediate danger towards the sloth population.
Your reply is greatly appreciated.
- Sarah


Sloth October 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

Sloths are in danger of deforestation as well as being electrocuted from crossing electrical wires. We have many sloths that come to the sanctuary with burns from electric shocks.


Dudley October 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I love your website and it is a dream of mine to come to the sloth sanctuary. I also have always wanted to have a sloth as a pet. We live in Tennessee

Is that such a terrible thing to have one a a pet if I come over to the Sanctuary and I’m completely educated on all the information? I will love it and take care of it like it is one of my own children..


Sloth October 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

Dear Dudley,

We appreciate that you would love to have a sloth as a pet, but they do not make very good pets. They require a very specialized diet which is very hard to replicate in captivity. A sloth can live over 30 years but most captive sloths die within the first year because of poor care and nutrition. I hope you understand and can come and visit us to learn more about the sloths.


Cindy October 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi! I’m planning on a visit to Costa Rica in April. Sloths are my favourite animal ever and it has been my dream to visit this sloth sanctuary. I was wondering if during my visit and tour, do we get to interact with the sloths(hold,touch,feed)? Thank you for your feedback. Can’t wait to see the sloths!


Sloth October 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Sarah,
We no longer allow visitors to hold, pet, touch the sloths because we found that it is stressing them out. We hope you understand and will support our efforts. We are working hard to get them back into the wild where they belong! Hope to see you soon!


Kelly November 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

I was wondering where I would be able to buy a pet sloth. It has been my absolute dream to see one in person, and I would like to own one– or at least hold one.


Sloth November 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

Hi Kelly,
We do NOT recommend that you own a sloth as a pet. They have very special dietary needs and the animal will die an untimely death. At the Sloth Sanctuary it is our goal to return sloths back to their wild natural home. I hope you understand and take the love that you have for sloths and see that they have a future on earth in the wild.


Mitch November 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Perhaps you may be able to help me, I’ve been plagued for quite some time now by a yearning to know why sloths always appear so smug. Do they know something I don’t? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Sloth December 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

We are not sure why…. but they always look like they have a smile on their face.


Caitlin December 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hello, first off i would like to say how amazed I am of your website. I would also be interested in adopting a sloth. I’m so glad we have people like you in the world that actually care about sloths as much as you guys do! this is the first day I’ve seen this website and I’ve signed up for everything so far. I’d love to visit the sloth sanctuary one day. Also I’d like to say thank you for all that you do, especially since you care for the sloths and have this website up so everyone else can see how much you do. I hope one day everyone could be just as caring as you are. i would love donating money to the sloth sanctuary. thanks again for all you do, please get back to me about adopting a sloth. thanks so much God bless.
Catie :)


Sloth December 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Dear Caitlin,
WE are working on a sloth adoption program. Check back to the website for updates. Thanks for sending us a message.


Rachel December 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Dearest Sloth Sanctuary,
Hi I am Rachel, 11 years old and from England.I love meet the Sloths. I think I am addicted!!!! I have made a letter to send to you but I am not sure on the adress.Can you email me your address or confirm your email address. I am so interested after watching the program, I never really knew a lot about sloths but thanks to you I do. All of you who work at the sanctuary are really hard working and dedicated. My favourite kind of Sloths are the 3 fingered. My favourite 2 sloths there are Samantha becuase she is a sweetheart. And Billy because he doesnt want to grow up and he is a darling. Keep up the good work and I hope to hear from you soon.
Lots of Love and Huggs to the Sloths and the team. Xxxx Rachel


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

Hi Rachel,

Thanks so much for writing to us. We don’t have an address where we can receive mail. The best way to write us is by email at or become a fan on our facebook page at:



Elizabeth December 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm


I really want to visit the sloth sanctuary because I adore sloths. Does the sanctuary allow visitors to hold a sloth? That would be a dream come true for me!

Thank you and keep up the amazing job you’re doing!



Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

Dear Elizabeth,

We understand that many visitors want the experience of holding a sloth, but what most people do not understand is that sloths are wild animals, and although they look cute and cuddly they are not used to being held. Many will bite the person trying to hold them, particularly if they are a stranger. We have to look out for the sloths. If someone get bitten, the animal could potentially suffer. It is not out of the realm of possibility that a sloth would have to be euthanized for biting a human. We have been studying the cardiac frequency of the incubator babies and their heart rate shoots up 20 bpm when someone new handles them. We used staff that never has “hand’s-on” with the infants to do this research.
We hope that you can come and visit us and meet the sloths!


Carrie December 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

How much sunlight does a sloth need since they usually live under the trees? What is their favorite foods and what foods are bad for them? They have such adorable faces and seem to be friendly on the show but how dangerous if at all can they be? Love the show, have been learning a lot about these seldom seen animals. Thanks


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi Carrie,

Sloths need some sun but do not like to be in direct sunlight as you noted since they live in the tree canopy. They can be nasty especially when they are adults and are sick or injured. They look very docile but they, like all wild animals need to be respected and handled as little as possible. You should never try to approach a sloth in the wild. As for their diet….. little is known of all of the plants that they eat. This is something that they learn from their mothers and we are trying to learn as much as we can so that they will be fed properly while in captivity.


rachel December 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi, I absolutely LOVE sloths and I would love to come to the sanctuary! Me and my family are hoping to come to Costa Rica in July so I was wondering what are some nice nearby hotels that I would be able to stay at that you recommend


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Rachel,
We have a B&B here on the Sanctuary grounds where you can come and stay. There are also hotels in Puerto Viejo about 30 minutes away from the Sanctuary. If you need more information on booking a room with us you can email us at:


Rachel December 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

What’s sloth transmitting devices?


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hi Rachel,

A sloth transmitting device is like a GPS in a car. It is a tiny battery operated mechanism that shows us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week where the sloth is that is wearing the backpack. This way we can monitor the sloth in the wild and make sure it is not in danger and find out how far it moves a day and many other things.
~The Sloth Sanctuary


Sarah December 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

All those who want to own a sloth as a pet, why dont you take the money you would have bought a sloth with, and donate it to the sanctuary and support all the good they do in helping and keeping these beautiful creatures wild, alive and there for us to see? It would be better than taking a sloth and making it misserable in an urban city


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

Dear Sarah,
Thanks for your support! We greatly appreciate your understanding that sloths should not be thought of as pets. We try to discourage people owning them and it is only education that is going to get people to start respecting nature and where we as humans belong within it.


Diana December 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Hi: my family is planning a vacation in April and we all would love to come visit your sanctuary. Our problem is that some of the family want to stay at a resort with a nice beach. Is there any place you can recommend that offers tours to your place and has a nice beach. We are travelling from Vancouver and some from Toronto. Thanks so much for your help and time. Happy New Year!


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

Hi Diana,

We would love to have your family come and visit us. We have a B&B at the Sanctuary if you and your family want to stay with us. Our maximum stay is 3 days/2 nights. It is recommended that you rent a car to get around easily. There is a beach town named Puerto Viejo which is 30 minutes down the road. They have lots of great restaurants and hotels. I recommend Caribe Blue. To book a tour or reserve a room please contact us at:

We hope to see you in April.


Sloth December 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

Dear SillyLittleSheep,

Unfortunately we do not offer any kind of volunteer or intern positions. We are a family run organization and a currently do not need to hire anyone. Hopefully one day you can visit.
~The Sloth Sanctuary


lalo December 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Que alimentos comen los perezosos de dos dedos?Los adultos y bebes


Emily January 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

Hello! I have countlessly read into your website and I’ve come into a rut. I’m planning on visiting sometime this year and have a few questions. I completely understand why a stranger wouldn’t be able to hold an in can’t sloth due to the amount of stress it has from it. But I was wondering if this was the same case for an adult sloth. It would mean the world to me to be able to even interact with the sloth if I wasn’t able to hold the sloth. I’m a young adult and I wouldn’t want anything less than the best for the sloths. I’d like to know beforehand so I won’t be let down when I actually visit. Thank you so much for all what you do for the animals!!!


Emily January 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

Hello! I have countlessly read into your website and I’ve come into a rut. I’m planning on visiting sometime this year and have a few questions. I completely understand why a stranger wouldn’t be able to hold an infant sloth due to the amount of stress it has from it. But I was wondering if this was the same case for an adult sloth. It would mean the world to me to be able to even interact with the sloth if I wasn’t able to hold the sloth. I’m a young adult and I wouldn’t want anything less than the best for the sloths. I’d like to know beforehand so I won’t be let down when I actually visit. Thank you so much for all what you do for the animals!!!


Angela January 22, 2014 at 1:06 am

It makes me so happy to see these beautiful creatures being rescued and taken care of. Every animal saved is another step towards furthering our respect for the other animals that share our planet.

No need to reply, you all have enough to do! Just know you’re appreciated for letting us see a little glimpse of your work.


Karin February 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

I’m Karin from Italy.
I’m 17.
I love so much every kind of animal, but particulary sloths.
Finshed high school i would like volunterring for 3-6 months.
I wanted know if currently you know some places where i will can do it.
Thanks so much.
( Sorry for my English not yet very good )


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