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Jul 7, 2015


'Our' sloth ended up on a Costa Rica licence plate
'Our' sloth ended up on a Costa Rica licence plate


By Wynne Minkes - Project coordinator


Never a dull moment in the Green Heritage Fund Suriname rehabilitation Center! In the past few weeks, we have received three film crews, three very talented and long term volunteers and seven new animals, while three volunteers travelled to Costa Rica to learn more about wildlife care. We will keep you in suspense about two of the film crews, but one we proudly present here:

Picture this: a green meadow, a young girl lying in it and a bunch of volunteers handing her all kinds of funny objects to get her message home: ‘wild animals belong in the wild!’. GHFS has already made three such public service announcements (PSAs) with the message not to purchase parrots or monkeys as pets, and also not to catch them yourselves. This sad habit is how we get a number of our rehabilitation sloths as well, and often it takes a long time to prepare these animals for a life back into the wild. With the girl we hope to address a young public so that they think twice before buying a parrot, monkey or sloth stolen from the forest. Such awareness campaigns are an important part of GHFS’ work. For this reason, the sloth center will also serve as training location for youth groups and school classes to ingrain a conservation and animal welfare ethic in Suriname.

To improve our rehabilitation skills and procedures, we are in contact with other rescue centers and attend (inter)national conferences on wildlife care. In June, three volunteers participated in the biannual Caribbean Animal Welfare Conference 2015 in Costa Rica, enabled by two generous grants. Listening to the inspiring initiatives and meeting with fellow wildlife caretakers in person gives us valuable ideas for our own center.

We also visited the Sloth Institute Costa Rica run by Sam Trull as part of the Kids Saving the Rainforest Rescue Center in Quepos. Preparing the construction of a Rehabilitation Center ourselves, it is very insightful to see some centers in full action. We exchanged information on treatment, food, enclosures and rehabilitation activities. And of course, compared ‘our’ temporary guests with ‘theirs’, as the three-toed and two-toed sloths and the lesser anteaters are of different subspecies. Back on our way home to Suriname, it was funny to see in the San Jose tourist market ‘our own’ long term rehabilitation Bradypus tridactylus sloth going by the illustrious name of ‘19 November’ on a tourist licence plate as if she were a local Bradypus variegatus from Costa Rica. But hey, we know better!


Apr 28, 2015


Intensive care ensures succesful releases
Intensive care ensures succesful releases


Four weeks ago our Challenge campaign 'Sanctuary helps Suriname's sloths back to jungle' came to an end. With success! Thanks to you we have reached the threshold to become a permanent member of Global Giving. We want you to know how happy we are with this achievement!

The funds have again brought us closer to building the rehabilitation center for sloths and anteaters victimized by urban sprawl. And it will also serve as an education/training center. We are currently adjusting our building plans so that we can start building as soon as possible!

A permanent place on Global Giving also enables us to reach a worldwide audience and, very welcome for us, it allows USA citizens to make a tax-deductible donation.

Since our Challenge started on 16 March GHFS has received 15 animals, or an average of two animals per week. Twelve of them have been brought to a save forest by now, among them a lesser anteater that had been clubbed on the head, despite having a baby on her back. Her story featured on our Facebook page.

Among this week's rescues are two young three-toed sloths. One was found crossing a road in a resident area. She was weak and very skinny but is eating well and adjusting to her new situation. We will keep her in the rehabilitation center until she indicates the desire to explore her environment.

We will keep you informed here, and on our Facebook page and website!

The Sloth courier
The Sloth courier
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