Sanctuary helps Suriname's sloths back to jungle

by Stg Green Heritage Fund Suriname Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


Green Heritage Fund Suriname (2005) rescues sloths and anteaters from urban areas in Paramaribo, Suriname in tropical South America. Professional care in natural surroundings with quarantine and treatment room will minimize trauma caused by contact with humans, reducing rehabilitation time and thus improving survival chances for the sloths and anteaters. This professional shelter will also serve as an educational center to teach visitors about consequences of habitat loss.

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Sloths and anteaters are victimized by urban sprawl in Paramaribo. Green Heritage Fund Suriname rescues the animals from their difficult situation. The most common species are three-toed or two-toed sloths, sometimes anteaters (lesser or giant), or a tree porcupine. Currently, there is no professional shelter in Suriname where injured or very young wild animals are rehabilitated to return into the wild. Our goal is to bring all of them back into the wild after rehabilitation.


This project focuses on the construction and furnishing of animal quarantine and treatment rooms, a kitchen for food preparation, and the enclosures in natural surroundings, as part of the larger structure which includes human living space, office and education facilities (see photos). A professional shelter will minimize trauma caused by contact with humans. This will reduce the rehabilitation time and thus improve survival chances for the sloths and anteaters.

Long-Term Impact

The rehabilitation center includes a visitors' education centre. By teaching about the animals and their life history, we hope to create more awareness about their habitat's complexity and its benefits to humans. People will also be informed about the impacts of pollution and destruction of the coastal swamp and mangrove forests for animal AND human population. Saving patches of forest in the sprawling urban area to create a green corridor along the coast is one solution GHFS wishes to promote.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Facebook with impressions of our daily routine.
BBC article (2014) on GHFS's founder Monique Pool
Lucy Cooke 2015 article on sloth in GHFS shelter.

Organization Information

Stg Green Heritage Fund Suriname

Location: Paramaribo - Suriname
Website: http:/​/​​en/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @moniquespool
Project Leader:
Wynne Minkes
Paramaribo, Suriname
$26,840 raised of $30,000 goal
491 donations
$3,160 to go
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