Our sloth friends are in trouble. Threatened by the illegal pet trade, the tourism selfie trade and the destruction of their habitats, sloths need our help.
There are a number of things we can do to help save sloths (I’ve written about some of them here) and one of them is to symbolically adopt or foster a sloth from a reputable charity.
Checkout my roundup of Adopt a Sloth programs and let me know which one you choose!
I love that this organisation was started by two 9 year old girls. 20 years on, Kids Saving the Rainforest now runs a variety of successful projects including a Rescue Center, Wildlife Sanctuary, Monkey-Bridges, Volunteer Program, Wildlife Sanctuary Tours and reforestation programs.
Sponsoring a sloth with Kids Saving the Rainforest will help them to give their rescued sloths a better life, and a better chance of being released. The cages that their sloths are rehabilitated in are designed for short term use, for when sloths have been hit by cars or electrocuted for example. They don’t suit the long term rehabilitation required for orphaned baby sloths who are brought to the center. They need to be able to grow and learn in an environment that simulates their natural one. Your sponsorship will help KSTR to update these cages, and to purchase and maintain equipment for tracking and monitoring their released sloths.
For a $60 donation or more, KSTR will send you this little fellow to say thanks.
As the name suggests, the Toucan Rescue Ranch began as a sanctuary for toucans in 2004. But in 2007, when a baby sloth named Millie arrived at the ranch, it transformed into a multi-species wildlife rescue facility.
TRR rehabilitates and releases wildlife. They work closely with the government of Costa Rica and specialize in toucans, sloths, and owls but there are many more species that they take care of too.
TRR has a couple of different options for adopting a sloth.
A $100 adoption package will cover the costs of the care of your adopted species for approximately three months.
Included in your adoption package are the following things:
- Certificate of Adoption – for you to print and fill out!
- Bookmarks featuring your chosen species
- Information Sheet on your chosen species
- Desktop Backgrounds
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Screensaver
However if you’d like to get to know your adoptee a bit better, then you might consider TRR’s Celebrity Adoption package.
For $500, or $42 a month, you will be providing food and care for your selected ‘celebrity’ sloth for one whole year. You will receive a personalized adoption certificate and will be given a contact at TRR who you can email for photos and updates all year long. PLUS you get to Skype with your sloth!
The Sloth Institute is not a sanctuary. It specializes in research and education and works to monitor the behavior, health and welfare of released, wild and captive sloths. TSI does not make sloths available to be seen by the public as they believe it is in their best interest to have as little human contact as possible.
TSI has a number of adoption packages to choose from. Like TRR, you can skype with your adoptee sloth if you choose their premium adoption package. You may not receive as many goodies as with some of the other packages available in this roundup, but I like to think that means more money is going towards the conservation of sloths.
WWF is a very well recognized animal charity. Their mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. They have been around for over 50 years, and are working in over 100 countries to conserve our planet.
WWF have a number of adopt a sloth options. You can choose from a $25 adoption package up to a $250 adoption package.
Symbolically adopt a Southern Two Toed Sloth and help Friends of the National Zoo to help save this species.
Choose from a $75 adoption package, or a $1000 package! Perhaps you could hold a fundraiser, or go without presents at your next big birthday and ask for donations instead.
Founded in 2016 by sloth researcher Dr Rebecca Cliff, The Sloth Conservation Foundation is a registered non-profit that is committed to saving wild sloths through research and conservation initiatives.
Dr Cliff has worked with sloths in the wild for over 10 years and has published a number of scientific papers. She has seen the problems faced by wild sloths and is determined to achieve lasting solutions.
You can choose either a virtual adoption package, or a physical one. If you select virtual, you will receive everything by email – and can choose to pay monthly. If you select physical, you will receive everything in the mail, a great gift idea!
Have you adopted a sloth? Share your adoption certificates with us in the comments!
Perhaps adoption is not for you? Or maybe you want to do even more? Check out this list of other ways you can help to save the sloths.