Archive for November, 2013

Madonna is the female three-fingered sloth with a baby that I tagged 3 months ago with a GPS tracking backpack. Whilst out in the forest this week searching for her, I began to receive very strange radio signals. Something was wrong. After a few hours of searching and hacking through the dense undergrowth, I stumbled across an interesting surprise…


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For the last year we have been collaborating with Discovery/Animal Planet on a major eight-part series about our work here at the Sloth Sanctuary. We have filmed dramatic sloth rescues, emotional releases and all of the daily dramas associated with providing a home to over 100 orphaned and injured sloths. ‘Meet the Sloths’ also features a lighthearted look at some of our ground-breaking scientific research – this includes the beginning of the Backpack Project, discovering how sloths can swim and busting some common myths about sloth speed and digestion.


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When we wake up every morning at the Sloth Sanctuary, we can never predict what the day is going to bring. Friday the 1st of November was certainly no exception. I had just emerged from the mosquito infested jungle after monitoring Madonna when we noticed a MINAET (environmental ministry) vehicle pull into the sanctuary. Our hearts sank. This could only mean one thing… a new sloth emergency.


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Since giving birth to baby Jo-Jo, Madonna hasn’t moved from her favorite tree – this has made my job very easy! It doesn’t take me very long to locate her on my daily visits to the jungle. On one of these visits, I had a hair-raising moment. Having reached the base of Madonna’s tree, before I even had the chance to look upwards, I heard a terrifying crashing noise. Without a second thought my instincts kicked in and I began to run. Honestly I didn’t have a clue what I was running from, but I was running anyway! I only stopped when I heard a sickening thud; a thud that I have heard all too many times. This was the kind of thudding noise a sloth makes as it hits the ground.


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