The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica was co-founded by Sam Trull after she recued a sloth named Kermie. The baby sloth had lost its mother and home due to human encroachment, a growing problem for sloth populations throughout the world.
Since 2013 the organisation has helped to nurture baby sloths and then prepare them for release back into the wild. They have composed three core goals for the institute, including researching the sloths that have been rescued, collaborating with various similar organisations all over the world, and finally educating others.
Sam has even authored her very own book, Slothlove, detailing her love and passion for the cute little creatures she saves.
“I think one of my favorite things about sloths is that they mind their own business,” explains.
“I realize that the ‘circle of life’ requires all kinds of species of animals, including mischievous monkeys and carnivorous cats, and no offense to those animals that need to eat other animals to survive. “
“But how can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?! In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see, but it is definitely the most endearing thing I have ever seen.”