Save the Sloth! Visit the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary
Slow down and have a look around at Costa Rica’s cutest little creatures. Sloths usually ‘hang around’ the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica. Sometimes sloths end up hanging around the wrong places like power lines and are either hurt or fall victims to humans and other animals. Many of these are rescued and nursed back to health at the Slothiest place on Earth, Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Limon.
Operated by Judy Arroyo for nearly twenty years, Sloth Sanctuary has saved many a sloth baby. The first baby, who started this whole thing, was little Buttercup. She was brought to Judy as a baby over twenty years ago and has now grown to be the longest living sloth that has successfully been raised in captivity.
Babies and other injured sloths are cared for at the Slothspital. There is a nursery, examination room, laundry rooms and a restaurant quality kitchen. The staff prepare nutritious meals for the sloths and give them physical therapy, potty training, and a weekly bath. Volunteers can assist with the many chores around the sanctuary and vet students may volunteer and assist the resident vet with any examination or procedure. Volunteers stay a minimum of 14 nights up to four weeks at the sanctuary lodging facility. Meals and hours of funtime with the sloths are all included in the $350 per week.
What if you can’t volunteer? Visit! A day trip to the sanctuary is packed with fun and learning. A tour includes a tour of the facilities and a canoe trip down the Estrella River. Take pictures and memories to last you a life time after a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary. If you fall in love with Buttercup, Millie or a little baby sloth you can adopt a sloth and provide for a year’s worth of sloth care.
Have Judy Arroyo’s efforts gone unnoticed? Not by a long shot. The Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary was featured in Animal Planet’s Too Cute! Baby Sloths. Your heart will melt at the sight of their cute little faces.
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