Smile of a sloth

Sloth
Buttercup, from Jimmie Six Bellies' Flickr Photostream

The “Amphibian Avenger” traveled to the Aviaros del Caribe sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. The films and photos she made of these two- and three-fingered creatures call attention to this endangered species (though saving amphibians from extinction is her main goal).

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica rescues and rehabilitates sloths. The sanctuary started when neighbor girls brought Buttercup, an orphaned, three-fingered sloth, to a little boutique hotel. She changed their lives.

That was in 1992. By 1997 the owners had learned that sloths across Costa Rica were endangered through “habitat loss, electrocution by power lines, traffic injuries and death, hunting, and even senseless violence.” They established a sanctuary, which continues to expand.

If you’ve dreamed of a volunteer vacation, this is a good one to consider. The small fee of $30 per day covers all expenses and helps support the sanctuary.

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

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