About Us

our desksWhen the 1991 Limón earthquake shook our home to the ground, we rebuilt it as a small hotel. We offered tours of our rain forest home and island, showcasing over 300 of the 850 bird species found in Costa Rica. We were delighted with our new life as proprietors of a lovely little Boutique Hotel in the midst of our own piece of paradise. Our destiny was completely and irrevocably changed in 1992 when three neighbor girls brought us we surprise – an orphaned, three-fingered sloth.

We named her Buttercup. Finding very little useful information about sloths, we learned from experience – and a very hefty dose of common sense! Then, another sloth arrived. And another. Before long, we became known as authorities on sloth rescue and rearing – and sloths kept coming.

Buttercup became the most loved and photographed sloth in the world.

“These sloths are the lowest form of existence…” wrote the great French naturalist, Georges Buffon, when he first described the sloth in 1772. “One more defect,” he continued, “would have made their existence impossible”.

It was not until the mid-twentieth century that scientists began uncovering the truth about this remarkable animal: rather than primitive, the sloth is one of the better adapted creatures on earth.

If you think this peaceful creature has little to teach us, consider this: besides the dolphin, there is but one mammal that persistently smiles…the Sloth.

The Sloth Sanctuary/Rescue Center education division teaches Costa Rican children to appreciate sloths and their forest ecosystem, and provides a clearing house for information and techniques of sloth care and rearing. As this species is pushed ever closer to the brink, this information is critical.

Some of the future plans for the Sloth Sanctuary include an international veterinary study station with a state-of-the-art equipped hospital, construction of new enclosures to house the growing family of sloths in need of permanent residence, and partnership with rain forest/wildlife researchers worldwide. All this costs money – a great deal of money – which we now obtain through our hotel and tourism activities. But the growing numbers of sloths arriving at the sanctuary need more than we can provide – they need your help. Consider adopting a sloth (or two!), or a bequest for one of our projects or a donation of desperately needed medical equipment. The sloths thank you – slowly, quietly, but most sincerely.

In 16 years working with these extraordinary animals we at the sanctuary have learned so much that hasn’t before been written or published, and feel that we can correct many of the myths and misinformation and contribute an enormous amount of new information to the very little that is known about sloths. So visit our website for continuing updates about your favorite animal! “We all know of sloths but almost nothing about them.”