Celebrating Thanksgiving with Sloths

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Sloths

In some ways, sloths (instead of turkeys) should be the symbols of Thanksgiving. With their iconic bellies full of slowly digesting food and their knack for living in the moment, they embody the spirit of abundance and ease.

Orphaned two-fingered sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) eating a plate of vegetables./Photo: Suzi Eszterhas

Thanksgiving is usually one of my favorite times of the year. An annual reminder to engage in one of the simplest and most fulfilling of human traditions: sharing a meal with loved ones. In the spirit of sloths, taking a moment to slow down appreciate the people and experiences in our lives that we are thankful for.

Thanksgiving in the times of COVID-19

This year, we have become acutely aware of what is shared among us: between species, between people, between countries. We have been isolated from one another. But although we have been physically separated we have felt your support from afar.

At first glance, Team Sloth seems quite small. A team of less than 15 people working on the ground in Costa Rica. But in reality, our Sloth Family numbers in the thousands, extending across borders, from Australia to the United States.


This Thanksgiving, we would like to express our utmost gratitude for your unwavering support during this chaotic and challenging year. It has boosted our morale and made it possible for us to continue to save sloths, especially as the rate of destruction to their jungle home has accelerated during COVID-19. Thanks to your help we have been able to slow the fragmentation of their habitat through Sloth Crossings, planting trees, and most importantly education.

We hope our sloth updates have lifted your spirits during this trying year. Thank you so much for helping to make the world a better place for sloths and the communities they live in.

Wishing you warmth and abundance despite this trying year.

We hope you have a slothful Thanksgiving,

-Team Sloth