Sloths in Costa Rica
An American man, who opened his own rescue centre for sloths, documented his time caring for the animals through these amazing photographs.
Sam Trull, originally from North Carolina, moved to Costa Rica to work as a volunteer in an animal rescue centre but as soon as he saw his first sloth he was hooked.
Sam raised orphaned sloths over his time there but wanted to open his own centre where he could help release sloths back into the wild.
He went onto found The Sloth Intuition, to ensure successful releases and to study the behaviour of sloths in the wild.
The photos show the sloths that Sam first cared for when he arrived in Costa Rica and he said:
“I wanted people to learn accurate and responsible information about sloths, while simultaneously falling in love with them.
“I will hopefully inspire people to want to conserve them and treat them with respect and not think of them as just cute cuddly creatures to take advantage of.
“Sometimes the photos are to documents important scientific facts, and sometimes they are to help tell our story and what we are trying to do to save sloths in the wild.”
The institute which uses collars to track sloths that are released helps them to monitor behaviour and their use of the forest.
Sam said: “We believe that all sloths deserve a chance to be free and we hope they can be a flagship species to save the rain forest for all of the wildlife species that need it.
But Sam warns that sloths shouldn’t be exploited as pets:
“I know sloths are super cute and at first glance you might think you ‘want one’; but sloths are wild animals that deserve to live their lives in the trees.
“So please don’t support the pet trade for sloths. Many lose their lives and they all lose their freedom.”