Today’s Act Of Charity showcase is about The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica that looks after baby sloths who’ve lost their mothers. They have a three part mission that aims to research captive and wild sloths, collaborate with other sloth organisations and educate the public on how they can help the animal. The foundation was set up by Wildlife Director Sam Trull and Chief Volunteer Seda Sejud.
The calling to protect baby sloths is a noble one because they are vulnerable without the protection of their mother. Sloths have few natural defenses and the TSI works to rehabilitate and prevent further harm. Sloths are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List due to the destruction to their habitat. In particular the maned three-toed sloth is at risk in eastern Brazil. Their homes are being destroyed in favour of livestock pastures, plantations and the production of lumber.
You can help The Sloth Institute through their adoption service. By donating $60 or more you’ll receive an e-certificate with a picture of your favourite sloth dedicated to you or a loved one. A $400 donation includes an e-certificate and a 20 minute Skype session with Sam and one of the adorable sloths she looks after. There’s also the Pack With Purpose initiative which involves buying and packing an item for a TSI sloth release project. By doing this you’ll contribute to the conservation of the sloth population.
Although there’s currently no volunteer scheme in place the team are putting together programs that will be available in 2017. The TSI isn’t a sloth sanctuary and they urge people to show their love for the animal by keeping their distance. Sloths are easily stressed out and best left to their natural environment.
All it takes are a few small acts of kindness to make a difference. Sam and Seda have dedicated themselves to a wonderful cause.