We fell head over heels in MONTE VERDE

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Puntarenas,
Sunday, April 3, 2011


Bradypus Variegatus (Three-Toed Sloth)

Lucy was found washed up near dead on the beach. A pelvic injury required two months immobilization. Now she is fully recovered...

Speedy was found near his dead mother near the beach. They have now dubbed him "Ringo Starr". 

Tortoro's mom was killed and baby Tortoro was taken in by a family as a pet. He was confiscated and brought to the sanctuary.

Romeo was the victim of rock throwing children and had bb pellets embedded in his skin. They reintroduced him to the wild but he keep coming back to the familiar enclosures and the company of the other sloths. They have decided to keep him here in the museum.

Ruby:  Confiscated from a roadside exhibit, starving and dehydrated, the project brought her back to good health and reintroduced her to the wild. Then she fell out of a tree fracturing ribs and her foot. With just one good foot, she can’t make it in the wild and will stay here with her new friends

Joel was also rescued from a roadside exhibit and is kept in the Monte Verde Sanctuary display.

Notes: The sloths sleep 15 to 18 hours every day. They can walk along the ground and swim, but spend most of their lives in the high branches of trees. They descend once every eight days to defecate in the soil, then bury it. Adult animals are solitary in the wild. You can tell a male by the hair pattern patch on their back that develops when they reach adulthood.

Two-toed sloth, Choloepus didactylus

As the name implies, they have only two toes on their forefeet. Like other sloths, they have three toes on the hindfeet. 

Similar to the somewhat smaller and generally slower moving three-toed sloths (Bradypus), there is not a close relationship between the two.

Two-toed sloths spend most of their life hanging from trees, and are generally nocturnal animals. They are said to be more active than three-toed sloths but during our daytime visit, these guys slept until the staff came in for maintenance. Body weight: averages about 6 kilograms (13 pounds)

Both types eat primarily leaves, but also shoots, fruits, nuts, berries, bark, and occasionally small rodents. They get moisture from the leaves they eat rather than drinking. Their body temperature depends at least partially on the ambient temperature; they cannot shiver to keep warm, as other mammals do, because of their unusually low metabolic rates and reduced musculature.

The "Sanctuary" near Monte Verde is a display, or museum, of the rescued sloths intended to educate and raise the public awareness of the sloths. The actual rescue center is on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. There, the goal is to nurse rescued sloths and reintroduce them into the wild.
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