Adopt An Animal Kits
Adopt A Sloth
Your Adopt A Sloth Kit comes in a Deluxe Folder and includes:
- Glossy Photo Of Your Adopted Sloth
- Adopt A Sloth Adoption Certificate
- Fact Sheet About Your Adopted Sloth
- Help Animals Info Cards Packed With Information On Animal Issues & How You Can Help Animals And The Environment
Adopt A Sloth Kits make great gifts and can be sent directly to the recipient. Simply supply the recipient's name and mailing address as shipping information. We'll even include a letter stating the Adopt An Animal Kit is from you.
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Adopt A Sloth
Sloths are medium-sized South American mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, part of the order Pilosa. Most scientists call these two families the Folivora suborder, while some call it Phyllophaga. Sloths are herbivores, eating very little other than leaves.
There are two different types of sloths: two-toed and three-toed. There are six species of sloths: Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus); Hoffman’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni); Pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus); Maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus); Pale-throated sloth (Bradypus tridactylus); and Brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus). The pygmy sloth is critically endangered and the maned sloth is vulnerable.
Sloths have made extraordinary adaptations to an arboreal browsing lifestyle. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily. Sloths have very large, specialized, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves. Sloths may also eat insects and small lizards and carrion. As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body-weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take as long as a month or more to complete. Even so, leaves provide little energy, and sloths deal with this by a range of economy measures: they have very low metabolic rates (less than half of that expected for a creature of their size), and maintain low body temperatures when active, and still lower temperatures when resting.
Sloth fur also exhibits specialized functions. The outer hairs grow in the opposite direction to that of other mammals, pointing away from their extremities, and in moist conditions host two species of symbiotic cyanobacteria, which may provide camouflage. Their outer fur coat is usually a thick brown, but occasionally wild sloths appear to have a green tinge to their fur because of the presence of these bacteria. The bacteria provide nutrients to the sloth, and are licked.
Sloths have short, flat heads, big eyes, a short snout, long legs and tiny ears. Their claws serve as their only natural defense. A cornered sloth may swipe at its attackers in an effort to scare them away or wound them. Despite sloths' apparent defenselessness, predators do not pose special problems. In the trees sloths have good camouflage and, moving only slowly, do not attract attention. Only during their infrequent visits to ground level do they become vulnerable. The main predators of sloths are the jaguar, the harpy eagle and humans. The majority of sloth deaths in Costa Rica are from sloths getting into electrical lines and from poachers.
Despite their adaptation to living in trees, sloths make competent swimmers. Their claws also provide a further unexpected defense from human hunters - when hanging upside-down in a tree they are held in place by the claws themselves and do not fall down even if shot from below, thus making them not worth shooting in the first place.
Sloths move only when necessary and then very slowly. They have about half as much muscle tissue as other animals of similar weight. They can move at a marginally higher speed if they are in immediate danger from a predator, but they burn large amounts of energy doing so. Their specialized hands and feet have long, curved claws to allow them to hang upside-down from branches without effort. While they sometimes sit on top of branches, they usually eat, sleep, and even give birth hanging from limbs.
Sloths go to the ground to urinate and defecate about once a week, digging a hole and covering it afterward. They go to the same spot each time and are vulnerable to predation while doing so.
Infant sloths normally cling to their mothers' fur. Females normally bear one baby every year, but sometimes sloths' low level of movement actually keeps females from finding males for longer than one year.
THREATS TO SLOTHS
Sloths are common victims of the animal entertainment industry. Sloths forced to live their lives in zoos suffer numerous health problems. Captivity is cruel for these wild animals. Confined to tiny areas and gawked at by crowds, they endure constant stress. Their immune systems are weakened, and they become prone to sickness. Mental illness is rampant among confined animals. Torn from their families and deprived of all dignity, every part of their lives is controlled by their captors.
Sloths are rising in popularity as "pets". Sold like toys by the unethical pet trade industry, they are forced to live their lives in tiny cages denied their natural instincts and social interaction with their own kind. There are very few legal breeding facilities for sloths; most are sold illegally. Sloths do very poorly in captivity.
Adopt a Three-Toed Sloth (2 Products)
Adopt a Three-Toed Sloth Today!
Found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, sloths are among the slowest moving animals on earth. Algae grows in their fur, giving them a greenish tinge which helps camouflage them in the jungle vegetation.
Your adoption is symbolic and your donation will be used where it is needed most to help protect America's wildlife. Standard shipping via USPS is included in your adoption. With every adoption kit donation, the National Wildlife Federation will plant one tree by partnering with schools, local government and nonprofit organizations. All trees from these donations will be planted in the United States and are native species that help protect and restore the wild places that nurture wildlife. A certificate of appreciation will be included with every symbolic adoption kit.
Warning: Choking Hazard - Adoption plushes contain small parts, not for children under 3 years.
Adopt a Sloth
When you symbolically adopt a sloth, you help orphaned and injured sloths return back to the rainforest where they belong.
Adopt now as a gift for yourself or a loved one. As a thank you, you will receive an Adoption Certificate featuring your adopted sloth.
ADOPT A SLOTH
Sloths in Training
TSI cares for orphaned baby sloths who had been separated from their mothers before they were able to independently care for themselves. Team Sloth steps in, hand-raises them and helps them learn to be wild. TSI also comes to the rescue when injured wild sloths are found and in need of medical care and rehabilitation. All sloths in training receive around the clock care to prepare them for a life back into the wild where they belong.
*** HERO ADOPTIONS ***
Hero adopt one of the Sloths In Training at TSI. Watch the sloth of your choice LIVE via Skype! Your Skype video call includes speaking with a TSI sloth expert and watching a real-time video of the sloth of your choice. You will also receive via email a special Hero Adoption Certificate featuring your chosen sloth.
Please note: For the safety of the sloths in training, audio will be between you and your TSI expert and not audible by the sloth. Sloths are very sensitive to unfamiliar sounds, which causes stress to the sloths who are already undergoing medical care and rehabilitation. It is one of the many reasons we are not open to the public.
Adopt a Sloth In Training
Click the photos to read about each sloth.
These sloths were hand-raised or received significant rehab care. Once they were old enough or healthy enough, we released them back to the rainforest, and we regularly track and monitor their progress reintegrating back into the jungle.
Adopt A Released Sloth
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These are wild sloths that we track so that we can learn about the behavioral ecology of both sloth species in Costa Rica. They provide us with valuable information about what sloths eat, how they travel through the forest, who they hang out with and what are their favorite trees. This information is essential to develop the best rehabilitation protocols and conservation projects to save more sloth lives.
Adopt A Wild Sloth
Click the photos to read about each sloth.
Adopt In Memoriam
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TSI is a 501c(3) organization sponsored by Global Impact Fed. ID #52-1273585
Symbolic Classic Adoption: Three-Fingered Sloth
The Toucan Rescue Ranch rescues and releases many sloths with the Saving Sloths Together program. Major reasons for its rescue is due to car accidents, deforestation, illegal pet trade, dog attacks, power line electrocution, orphaned, fragmentation in habitat from roads.
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By symbolically adopting the Three-Fingered Sloth you will be directly helping with the species’ ongoing food and care. With your donation, you will receive an ADOPTION CERTIFICATE and thank you email with your tax-deductible information. The Classic Adoption pays for your adopted species costs for roughly 3-months!
Three-Fingered Sloth Facts (Included in the Information Sheet):
- Three-Fingered Sloths sleep between 10 to 15 hours every day and are active throughout the day.
- Three-Fingered Sloths spend most of their lives in the high branches of trees, descending once every eight days or so to defecate in the soil.
- Three-Fingered Sloths gestation lasts at least seven months, and the single young are born fully furred and clawed.
- Three-Fingered Sloth young cling to the mother’s underside for five months or more, even though they are fully weaned after just 4-5 weeks.
What’s included in your downloadable symbolic adoption package:
- Certificate of Adoption – for you to print and fill out!
- Bookmarks featuring your chosen species
- Information Sheet on your chosen species
- Desktop Backgrounds
- Toucan Rescue Ranch Screensaver
This package is available to download upon completion at check-out.
We do not physically sell or adopt out any of the rescued wildlife in Toucan Rescue Ranch’s care. Our Adoption Program is purely symbolic and a unique way for supporters to donate to our mission and their favorite animal.
In Costa Rica, it is illegal to sell or own any native fauna. As a licensed rescue center, it is our duty to uphold the law and what it stands for. As well as being illegal in the country of Costa Rica, it is a core part of TRR’s mission to protect wildlife from the illegal pet trade – as this is something we combat every day. ADOPTION DONATIONS ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
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Adopt a Sloth
Fans of Animal Planet’s The Zoo have seen the hard work that goes into caring for our sloth. That work goes beyond the Bronx Zoo and we’re committed to the future and conservation of these animals. Your symbolic adoption will help further those pursuits. Your donation* will include:
- A sloth plush animal
- An animal fact sheet and photo
- A letter from Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny
- A certificate of adoption
Thank you for your continued support. Make sure to visit the sloths at the Children’s Zoo on your next visit to the Bronx Zoo!
*The Wildlife Conservation Society is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers, guests and community. During this national emergency, there may be shipping delays beyond our control. If you need more information, feel free to email us at [email protected], subject: Symbolic Adoption.
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