The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica has been rescuing orphan sloths and helping them return to the wild since it was established in 2013.
The organization’s three main goals are to research captive and wild sloths, collaborate with other institutions that work with species and to educate the general public.
Sam Trull, Sloth Institute’s co-founder, has now published Slothlove, a book about her beloved sloths. He spoke to the Manhattan Book Review about his work and new book.
1. The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica has been helping orphan sloths return to the wild since it was established in 2013.
2. Trull, Sloth Institute’s co-founder, said: “I think one of my favorite things about sloths is that they mind their own business”.
3. “I realize that the “circle of life” requires all kinds of species of animals, including mischievous monkeys and carnivorous cats, and no offense to those animals that need to eat other animals to survive.”
4. “How can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?!”
5. “They have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see, but it is definitely the most endearing thing I have ever seen.”
6. “Sloths are pretty popular right now but there is a lot of misinformation circulating about them. People think that they are lazy and stupid…”
7. “My goal is that Slothlove will help people develop a respect for sloths while also learning about them and dispelling all of those insane myths that are floating around in popular culture.”
8. “Every sloth has a different personality and a different story when entering and going through rehab.”
9. “They aren’t just lazy lumps of fur! They can be very curious and active and should be encouraged to exhibit those behaviors.”
10. “I hope that if people can see beyond the cute and learn about how fascinating, intelligent and unique sloths are, that they will respect sloths and want to help them.”
11. “The more I learned about the sloths, the more I realized there was so much still unknown. The questions lead to lack of information about how to best rehabilitate them and get them back into the jungle where they belong.”
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