Green Heritage Fund Suriname (2005) built a rehab center to rescue sloths and anteaters from urban areas in Paramaribo, Suriname in tropical South America. Professional care in natural surroundings with quarantine and treatment room minimizes trauma caused by contact with humans, reducing rehabilitation time and improving survival chances for the sloths and anteaters. Previous campaigns provided us with funds to build the center, fund-raising now focuses on continued rescue, care and release.
Sloths and anteaters are victimized by urban sprawl in Paramaribo. As the city grows, their forest habitat is lost. Thus, three- and two-fingered sloths, anteaters (silky, lesser or giant) end up in people's gardens and houses and come in conflict with dogs. People often are scared, or are afraid there small children can be hurt by these now homeless animals. In addition, the changing climate is clearly making an additional impact on the animals surviving in the small forest fragments.
This project focuses on keeping the sloth, anteater and armadillo rehabilitation center operational in the natural surroundings of our project site. After sloths, anteaters and armadillos are saved from difficult situations, they are cared for in our professional shelter prior to release. The aim is to minimize trauma caused to the wild animals by contact with humans. Thus reducing rehabilitation time and improving survival chances for the sloths, anteaters and armadillos in trouble.
The rescue center will improve rehabilitation options for sloths, anteaters and armadillos in Suriname. Saving patches of forest in the sprawling urban area to create a green corridor along the coast is one solution GHFS wishes to promote. 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. In the long term this will help establish a conservation and animal welfare ethic in Surinamese of all ages.