The Zoo partners with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) to study as well as rescue, rehabilitate and release sloths in the Manuel Antonio area of Costa Rica.  Established in 2014, TSI has successfully released both Hoffman’s Two-toed (Choloepus hoffmanni) and Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths (Bradypus variegates) that had been orphaned and hand-raised.  Sloths face an ever-increasing threat from human encroachment.  They are often struck by cars when crossing roads that bisect the forest, attacked by feral dogs, electrocuted by un-insulated electrical wires, or lose the trees they live in and eat due to deforestation.

The ecology of sloths still holds many mysteries.  TSI fits each released sloth with a tracking collar and also places these collars on wild sloths.  This allows the researchers to monitor and collect data on both the released and wild sloths with the goal of contributing more detailed knowledge to the scientific community in order to help preserve these unusual species.

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Help Save Sloths with a Behind-the-scenes Tour! Have you ever dreamed of meeting a sloth up close and personal? Book a Moe’mentous Sloth Encounter behind-the-scenes tour! Proceeds from your experience will fund conservation work in the field and help protect sloths in the wild.