We at TakePart do not recommend putting sloths in your cereal bowls. Unless, of course, you're Monique Pool, founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname, who, last October, rescued about 190 two- and three-toed sloths.
Originally, Pool had been notified that 14 sloths near her home in Paramaribo, Suriname, needed saving from 16.8 acres of cut forest. In the end, she took home 200 animals, mostly sloths, which do not have a protected habitat near the city.
Pool had been accustomed to fostering one sloth at a time, so this has been a wild experience, even for her. She released as many animals as she could as quickly as possible, but she had to keep the baby sloths and their new moms until they were healthy enough to go back into the local rainforest, which spans six South American countries and is one of the most biodiverse in the world.
When GHFS's partner organization Conservation International came by to document the rescue, Pool still had sloths in her backyard in makeshift pens and more baby sloths inside her house being fed from eyedroppers by volunteers. The just-released photographs that follow and the video below tell the rest of the incredible story.
Photo: Sebastian Perry/Courtesy of Conservation International
In Paramaribo, Suriname, sloths displaced by deforestation are rescued and released back into the wild with the help of Green Heritage Fund Suriname.