As The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica has recently reminded us in a poignant and well written reflection, sloths are more than just a cute face. These amazing creatures are constantly under threat from habitat destruction, powerlines, and smugglers. Babies are often left orphaned and, if they are lucky, they end up in the hands of a place like TSI. But even then it is not smooth sailing. Some beautiful little sloths that I have posted about on this website, such as Locket, Chuck, and Paddington, have not made it, despite initial hope.
Please, if you know someone who is a lover of sloths, consider “adopting” a sloth in place of a Christmas present this year, so places like the Sloth Institute and the Sloth Sanctuary can keep up the very important work that they do with these beloved animals.
American Apparel has teamed up with the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to promote the sanctuary and their eco credentials.
What is Buttercup’s surprise?
“American Apparel is proud to present our Earth Day collaboration with artist Todd Selby. This limited edition t-shirt features his illustration of our beloved furry friend—the sloth. Thirty percent of this shirt’s proceeds will go to the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.”
I love March. The Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, my birthday, great weather…
This month we have a wedding to look forward to, the boy can’t wait for footy to start, and there’s even a public holiday thrown in there too.
P.S. I love Buzzfeed’s “day in the life” of Buttercup!
The incidence of congenital disorders in the wild sloth population appears to be increasing, and the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica want to do something about it. The deformities have all been similar; missing fingers/toes, malformed ears and misshapen limbs.
The deformities are likely to be a result of inbreeding due to habitat destruction and their subsequent confinement to isolated islands. The Sanctuary is working frantically to save these little babies, but also needs to find out whether a lack in genetic diversity is the cause, so steps can be taken to reduce the effects. You can help out, as I have, by donating here to cover some of the costs of this scientific research.
Head on over to Slothville.com, where you can join the Sloth Appreciation Society! Receive the newsletter from Lucy Cooke to keep up with all the latest in sloth TV, books, videos, Apps, and more. Plus you get a cute lil certificate