Archive for November, 2015

For almost 6 years I have been working and living in the remote jungles of Costa Rica studying a rare and ancient species, the sloth. Although these years have undoubtedly been the best of my life, it has often been far from glamorous. I have contracted a flesh eating parasite, had emergency surgery in a third world bus station (complete with scurrying invertebrates) and been at the center of an international incident in Panama. I have survived being stranded on a true desert island, watched everything I own grow mouldy (including my hair) and come face to face with crocodiles, poisonous snakes and the worlds most venomous spider. I crowd-funded $110,000 for sloth research, made an award winning TV series with The Discovery Channel, learned to scale primitive jungle trees and permanently lost sensation in my finger because a sloth squeezed it too vigorously. Now, as I pack my bags and prepare to move my life (and my failed scat-detection dog) back to England for a while, I know that I am going to miss this strange place that has somehow become my home. I have made friends that will last a lifetime, discovered a whole new appreciation for nature, and most of all, I have learnt to trust in EWOP – to trust that Everything Works Out Perfectly.

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