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Visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to see sloths up close and learn about their natural history and habitat. In this two and a half hour tour, you will meet Buttercup, the smiling 23-year-old Bradypus and sloth-superstar of "Meet the Sloths" on Animal Planet Buttercup is also the inspiration behind the founding of the Sanctuary, as she was the first orphaned baby sloth the Arroyo family rescued in 1992. Decades later, the private, family-operated Sloth Sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, research and release of Costa Rican sloths as well as raising awareness to conserve the diminishing lowland rainforest.
You will learn about the two kinds of Costa Rican sloths: Bradypus variegatus (three-fingered) and Choloepus hoffmanni (two-fingered). All sloths have three toes! Interestingly, although the Choloepus is termed a sloth, it is a completely different animal from Bradypus. They coexist in the rainforest-and at the Sanctuary.
Visit Buttercup in her famous customized hanging basket chair and take photos of her (no flash, please). While there is no direct contact, holding, touching or hugging sloths, for their safety and yours, you will have ample opportunities to take photos, both in the Sloth Nursery and on the Estrella River delta. A float down this placid, shallow waterway in a stable 6-person canoe with an experienced boatman/guide will give you a first-hand look at the sloths' natural habitat and the lowland tropical rainforest. Weather-permitting, you are bound to see some combination of butterflies, colorful birds, exotic plants and flowers, howler monkeys and perhaps a wild sloth passing through the highest part of the tree canopy.
Ideal for all ages, this tour provides an excellent introduction to sloths, their environment and the bounty of Costa Rica's rainforest flora and fauna. Before heading back to port, there's a visit the gift shop for some sloth-inspired souvenirs as well as a refreshing snack of cut tropical fruits. As the Sloth Sanctuary is 100% funded by donations, any purchase made at the gift shop goes directly back to supporting sloth rehabilitation, essential veterinary medical equipment and conservation initiatives.
Many guests report their visit to the Sloth Sanctuary as the highlight of their cruise, especially if they are already fans of these beguiling, slow-moving mammals. See for yourself!