Baby sloth orphans given a second chance

Posted on 8 March 2020

There can be no denying the cuteness of baby sloths and sloths in general. Beyond how adorable these little creatures are they are also vulnerable and an institute in Costa Rica is making sure they will be around for decades to come.

Sloths are often left without their mothers due to deforestation and human’s invading their natural habitat. Animal-lover Sam Trull is doing all she can to combat these negative occurrences.


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It’s International Women’s Day! Thanks to two women, Sam Trull and Seda Taysi Sejud, The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica was born 5 years ago. Today, the non-profit has helped women and men from all over the world gain experience in animal conservation and research. TSI’s volunteers have come from dozens of countries! We are proud of the women who have pursued their passion and today are working, volunteering or studying in a field or profession inspired by their TSI experiences. We are always looking for volunteers who wish to gain experience here in Costa Rica. Follow these links to read about the volunteer opportunities at TSI: Three Month Volunteer Positions for Sloth Technician: One Month Volunteer Positions for Sloth Assistant Team: #InternationalWomensDay #WomensDay #Volunteer @samtrull @theslothinstitute

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One day Sam Trull decided to leave behind her comfortable life in the United States and start a new one in Costa Rice, helping baby sloths who have lost their mothers.

She started an organisation to help these gentle creatures make their way back into nature and has been spending her days surrounded by these adorable mammals ever since.


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#AdoptASloth Meet new addition, Amy (fittingly named after Amy Winehouse). She is a 2f found as an orphan, not more than 2 months old. We’re happy to report she is growing and eating well. Amy is the first sloth to introduce herself to other sloths, she’s very social! Amy is also a “peacemaker”. She’s not interested in fighting, she’d rather focus on improving her climbing skills and trying all sorts of different foods. Amy is available to symbolically adopt. A perfect gift for the social butterfly in your life (maybe that’s you!). Amy will send you an adoption certificate as a thank you for choosing to symbolically adopt a sloth. Every adoption helps return orphaned or injured sloths back to the rainforest where they belong. TO ADOPT AMY: click link in bio #borntobewild #sloth #babysloth #notapet #slothconservation #slothlove

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The institute uses a special “soft” technique that allows the young sloths to slowly but surely get used to being in the jungle again.

While their main goal is to introduce orphaned sloths back into the wild the institute also focuses on three other initiatives.

The first being research. A large amount of effort is put into understanding sloths, especially those kept in captivity and how they compare to those who live in the wild.

Secondly, the institute aims to actively and continuously collaborate with other establishments around the world, imparting knowledge and extending the positive results to sloths across the globe.

Lastly, a very important part of their job is education. The Sloth Institute wishes to share their knowledge so more people know about the wonder of sloths and just how precious they are.

Members of the establishment are constantly generating and disseminating reliable and balanced information to the public to make sure the plight of their favourite animal never goes unheard.

We don’t know about you but just their cuteness is enough to inspire us to do all we can to help.

Those looking to help out can symbolically adopt a sloth or even visit the institute while travelling.

Find out more about this amazing cause here.

Pictures: The Sloth Institute/Instagram

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