The Dallas World Aquarium is in partnership with the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and they have been the primary supporter of our facility since 2002.
DWA has several amazing exhibits featuring our sloths that we were unable to return to their natural habitat in Costa Rica. Conservation through education is something that we at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica learned about from the Dallas World Aquarium well over 10 years ago. Educating our children about the plight of the sloth and the impact humans have with deforestation to its habitat is the first step in preserving this unique and vulnerable species for future generations.
DWA has exhibits featuring six hand reared sloths, 3 Bradypus and 3 Choloepus from our sanctuary. Leno is the first three fingered sloth that came to the DWA almost 10 years ago! The primary sloth exhibit at DWA is set in the middle of their Orinoco rainforest exhibit where the sloths are displayed just inches from their guests – but don’t touch!
Over the years, the DWA has generously provided computers, medical and dietary supplies to the Sloth Sanctuary. They had the architectural plans designed for our medical facility known as the “Slothpital”. If we really need something, they are always ready and willing to help. Staff from the Sloth Sanctuary and DWA are provided training at both facilities. This allows the staff of DWA to learn about the animals in their natural environment and for our staff to periodically check in on the sloths at the DWA.
The adventure begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-Rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco Crocodiles, Giant River Otters, an Antillean Manatee as well as several species of monkeys are part of DWA’s many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese Crabs, Jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon Seadragons. Black-footed and Blue Penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South African exhibit. Sharks, Rays and Sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical Eagles, Euphonias, Tanagers and Hummingbirds fly free. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit.
The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000. We are honored to be affiliated with them.