Archive for October, 2013

I am afraid we do not currently have any vacancies available for research assistants or interns. As the project develops, we may open up some positions. When these opportunities are available I will advertise them here and on the blog, so be sure to keep checking back!

At 10am on October 5th, I was trekking through the jungle trying to avoid the giant spiders whilst scanning the treetops for Madonna, the female sloth I have tagged with a backpack. I couldn’t see her anywhere.

With my neck getting stiff from staring upwards I was beginning to lose hope of finding her (even with GPS and radio transmitters telling me exactly where she is, it can be impossible to see her through the canopy sometimes!) Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. It was Madonna and she had moved to a low down tree. She was acting strangely, and it didn’t take me long to figure out why. She was giving birth, right there in front of my nose, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I felt like laughing, screaming, crying and celebrating all at once. With shaking hands I grabbed for my camera and began trying to record what was happening. Unfortunately the gloomy jungle made photographs and videos difficult, but out of thousands that I took a few worked out well.

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I am delighted to announce that following the success of the Save Our Sloths campaign, we have been able to tag a wild sloth with a GPS tracking backpack for the first time.

This exciting little backpack contains a VHF radio transmitter, a “Daily Diary” data logger and a rechargeable GPS tracker that will record the sloths’ exact location every 30 minutes.

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