2022 | A year in review by Dr. Rebecca Cliffe

2022 | A year in review by Dr. Rebecca Cliffe


For SloCo, December is a time for reflection and review; we write our annual reports, study what went wrong, celebrate what went right, and continuously look for what we can improve. Overall 2022 has been a great year for us: we’ve achieved (and exceeded!) so many goals that our motto for the year has become “Dreams Really Do Come True”!


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Releasing the sloth named Baguette after fitting her with a data logger backpack. | Photo: Suzi Eszterhas


2022 was a record-breaking year for us and we are thrilled to celebrate the achievement of three of our long-held dreams: the acquisition of land for a protected primary forest reserve, the start of the Great Sloth Census, and the attainment of non-profit status under Costa Rican law.

We also reached some major milestones in our conservation efforts, have continued to oversee the growth of our local sloth-friendly communities, hosted the Second Annual International Sloth Festival to resounding success, and saw our founder and executive director Dr. Rebecca Cliffe honored with the very prestigious Future For Nature Award.

We recognize how important it is to learn from our mistakes and celebrate our achievements, and we are excited to share with you our 2022 recap.


Dreams do come true

Perhaps our most exciting development this year saw us taking our first steps towards creating a primary rainforest reserve where we will hopefully soon have our new SloCo headquarters! We work to protect wildlife at all stages of their interactions with humans, but by far the most satisfying outcome is when they don’t need rescuing at all.


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A jungle hill with an ocean view in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica | Photo: Suzi Eszterhas


This beautiful plot of land in the South Caribbean will be a safe wild space for sloths and so many other animals and will be an excellent showcase for how to protect and preserve wild spaces.


The Great Sloth Census

This year we launched our most ambitious project yet: the Great Sloth Census. This history-making endeavor will be the first-ever accurate method of counting wild sloth populations and measuring their movements and trends. To achieve this, we are partnering with Working Dogs for Conservation who have helped us to train the first ever sloth detection dog.


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Keysha and Tamara working in the rainforest. | Photo: Mira Meijer


This special dog is leading us to the unique places where sloths leave their feces, and we will be able to use this to determine a whole array of fascinating things: including how many sloths live there and how healthy they are!


We are a legal non-profit association in Costa Rica

What’s the difference between an organization and an association? Quite a lot, according to the government of Costa Rica! Now that we have officially received our papers labeling us as an association under Costa Rican law, we are able to expand our services in a lot of exciting ways.


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We can now fundraise with merchandise and tours, and apply for grants from the government that we previously did not qualify for. This is a huge step for helping integrate SloCo into the local communities!


Winning the Future For Nature Award

In May this year, I became one of the winners of the prestigious 2022 Future for Nature Award! Along with Tiasa Adhya of India, and Gabriel Massocato of Brazil, we proud leaders of the future of conservation work each received €50,000!


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Dr. Rebecca Cliffe, Tiasa Adhya, and Gabriel Massocato. | Photo: Future For Nature courtesy.


This funding enabled the beginnings of the Great Sloth Census project, and we are honored to join the ranks of the women and men recognized by the FFN award for their commitment to protecting wildlife.


Sloth Crossing Project

This year the Sloth Crossing Project reached an exciting milestone during the Second International Sloth Festival, held in October, when we put up our 200th sloth crossing bridge!

In April the team drove all the way over to the other side of the country on a five-day excursion to Ojochal and Uvita on the South Pacific Coast, where they installed eight bridges in Marino Ballena National Park.


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We visited this amazing school @lifeprojecteducation and met all the children who go here.


We also worked with ICE long enough to put up 3 wildlife bridges over the main road, and another six over the powerlines in Playa Negra!

This is actually a much bigger undertaking than it sounds like. To install anything over a road in Costa Rica you need legal permission from multiple agencies, including the government and ICE. They have to approve the location and agree that a bridge is necessary.



They have to make sure that the trees being connected are hard-wood and strong enough to support the bridge, that the power lines won’t be affected, and that the design of the bridge is safe and there is no risk of it falling into the road. And finally, they have to turn the power off to an entire region while the bridge is installed! Getting all of this approved is a logistical challenge and SloCo has been working with the relevant agencies for several years for permission to move forward with this project.

Check out this map to see the locations of all our sloth crossings (and tree plantings!) since 2019.


Sloths, Kinkajous, and camera traps

In addition to simply installing the bridges, we also launched the Camera Trap Project to study what other animals use our Sloth Crossings. We will also be studying which crossings get used the most, and why. So far we have installed 13 cameras and are pleased to report some amazing footage of many different species!


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Sloth mother with her baby staring at the kinkajou


Our favorite so far is an interaction between a mother and baby two-fingered sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) and a kinkjou (Potos flavus). If you’d like to see more of the Sloth Crossing Project, check out this video made by Mongabay!



The Urban Sloth Project

The Urban Sloth Project has seen so much progress since our last yearly update, if you’re not caught up yet, read all about the beginnings of the USP, from 2020 to 2021, here!

We’ve added four new sloths to the USP: Luiza, Maracuya, Pumpkin, and Deborah, and retired two: Baguette and Nacho. Baguette didn’t really want to be tracked anyway, and Nacho, well, he isn’t wearing a collar anymore, but he’s still an honorary Urban Sloth! (If you miss Nacho, don’t worry, he’s still contributing the project and is still up for adoption!


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Dr. Rebecca Cliffe measuring Baguette | Photo: Suzi Eszterhas

Luna had some changes in her family life and territory, which she has seen through like a total champ, and we are always excited to track her and her neighbor Luiza.

Some great numbers:

  • 19 total sloths monitored
  • 15 adults
  • 4 babies
  • 11 three-fingered sloths
  • 8 two-fingered sloths
  • 37 pieces of jungle-resistant tech
  • 13 backpacks
  • 14 collars
  • 7 antennas used
  • 3 devices lost/stolen
  • 12 sloth trackers
  • +1,300 hours of tracking
  • +21,200 data points manually recorded
  • +3,8 billion data points collected by the backpack data loggers

A large and very exciting change to the USP has been our new sloth researcher, José Guzman, under whose leadership the Urban Sloth Project is poised to grow to new and greater heights. Welcome, José!


The next generation

In March of 2022 we started a collaboration with El Puente to launch the Kukula Kids’ Club, available to local children ages 6 to 12, and is specifically aimed at indigenous kids of the South Caribbean. The club has around 15 members already! Activities for the KKC include many educational activities such as Young Scientist for the Day, Snake identification courses, first aid, and programs about recycling.



The club also visits local bee farms, cacao farms, and wildlife rescue centers, and sometimes takes a day to go to the beach, which many children’s families are often too busy to do despite its close proximity. A particular highlight this year was the photography workshop with Girls Who Click, where each kid received their own camera and was able to showcase their own style and take pictures! Another exciting venture was the KKC participation in the local Wolaba Parade.



Our online Sloth School continues to be a huge hit, reaching out to +6500 students around the world for some virtual sloth education. Our most popular educational booklet, Slocky and Marley the Amazing Sloths, is now available in German! We already have copies in English, Spanish, and Japanese, but here at SloCo there’s no such thing as too many languages.

Last but not least, we also participated in Thinkaton Monge, a Costa Rican event, aimed primarily at young students, organized to promote innovative and creative technological solutions for biodiversity conservation. Such as, for example, an accurate estimate of the sloth population.

Community and responsible tourism

We have continued to work with local businesses to grow our Sloth Friendly Network accreditation and we are now up to 50 businesses this year! The purpose of the Sloth Friendly Network certification is to make human-wildlife coexistence possible by making our streets and properties safer for sloths and wildlife.


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Two tourists keeping their distance from the sloth at a beach bar in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. | Photo: Suzi Eszterhas.


If you’re planning on visiting the South Caribbean of Costa Rica, check out our Ultimate Guide to Sloth Paradise to learn how to spot sloths in the wild, book the sloth-friendly accommodations, and make your journey responsible!

Welcome to Sloth Town, a visual journey by Suzi Eszterhas

Wildlife photographer and SloCo trustee Suzi Eszterhas did a shocking piece this year on the lives of sloths affected by urbanization. The article and corresponding photography did an amazing job of capturing the essence of what drives the importance of the Urban Sloth Project. Her photograph “Sloth Dilemma” was also on the top 10 Wildlife Photography of the Year.


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Oh My Dog!

Our Oh My Dog project did not have as many events this year as we had hoped for, but we still managed to work with the local pet shelter Puerto Viejo Dogs to spay and neuter 120 dogs this year! Reducing the stray dog population in Puerto Viejo in safe and humane ways continues to be an important goal for us, and dog training lessons have lifelong impacts on the canines that participate in them.

Connected Gardens

It’s hard to believe that a tiny tree nursery in 2018 would become the growing reforestation project that it has, but this year we celebrated the planting of our 5000th tree!



We couldn’t have done it without a wonderful contribution from JetSloth, who partnered with us to plant 1000 trees! This is the sort of epic goal that keeps us, and our brave little saplings, reaching for the sky.

The 2nd International Sloth Festival!

The Second International Sloth Festival, hosted in 2022, was a huge success. No matter how many people we expect, even more always show up. This year we had visitors from Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Italy, and probably even more far-flung countries.



This sloth and conservation-themed festival had booths, vendors, photography exhibits, educational opportunities, real-life sloth tracking for people of all ages, jungle walks, and more. Puppies and trees were adopted, sloths were found, and lots and lots of sloth art were made.

Sloth Community

Also in Slothtober (our name for the 10th month of the year, which is also the month of International Sloth Day!) we launched the Charity Streams Campaign, a collaboration of sloth enthusiasts, gamers, and streamers, where 20 streamers went live to log 300 hours and help fundraise $4000 for sloth education and conservation!

Slothtober always brings together the sloth community from all over the world. From tiny towns in Asia to big cities in Europe (and vice versa), from jungles to mountaintops, and from Central America to Australia, we all celebrate this spectacular sloth community that we have built together. This map here shows exactly how far and wide the reach of this community goes!



What went wrong

On the list of projects that we maintained but didn’t expand, the Oh My Dog project lagged behind our growth estimates this year: we were not able to put together our community spay and neuter clinics or host the dog training lessons we wanted.

Our project to insulate power lines and transformers is still on pause–for reasons beyond our control–as ICE, the power company, is still undergoing an internal overhaul and cannot coordinate with us to safely and legally supervise the insulations. It’s quite frustrating to be kept waiting on bureaucratic matters while sloths continue to be electrocuted.

Team Sloth also had a challenging year in terms of health. Just as we thought the pandemic was slowing down, we were hit with two major covid waves and an outbreak of dengue fever. The entire office had to be closed down for a total of seven weeks out of this year, with nearly the whole team off work either sick or quarantined. Needless to say, this caused a few delays for most of our projects!

On the sloth front, our lovely Deborah suffered some eye trouble and almost went blind from dust exposure on the road, and Maracuya had her equipment taken off her, and a stumbling block that caught Team Sloth completely unprepared this year was the repeated targeting of Nacho for sloth tech theft. We eventually had to retire him from active data collection for his own safety, and we never were able to retrieve his collar or backpack. Happily, this is not the end of Nacho’s story and if you learn more about his journey, read this blog here!

Speaking of staying safe, the Tracking Team was robbed while out looking for Luna and Luiza. This was quite scary, though the team stayed smart and came through this experience unhurt.


2023, we’re waiting for you!

2022 was a great year for us, and 2023 is going to be even better. The Sloth Conservation Foundation is well poised to improve and expand on our current projects!

Most excitingly, we will be continuing the Great Sloth Census, a history-making project that will revolutionize our understanding of wild sloth ecology and give us the tools we need to truly measure sloth conservation and create a future for these amazing animals. There will be new science, and sloth detection dogs, and thermal drones!


Tamara and Diego. | Photo: Suzi Eszterhas


You, our incredible supporters, have been with us this far, and we are so grateful to have you along. You are the fuel that keeps these critical projects alive, and your support is the difference in the lives of so many animals! Without you, there is no sloth science, no reforestation, and no extracurricular education for future generations. Without you, there is no SloCo!

We will have our full 2022 annual report ready soon, and when we do we’ll have our annual report ready–with more details of our projects and finances–so you know exactly how your money is being spent.

Stay with us as we head into 2023. We wish you a happy end of this year, and a new one full of joy, bliss, and sloths!


All the best from the jungle,






Dr. Rebecca Cliffe

Founder and Executive Director


Giving Tuesday 2022 with Sloths!

What is Giving Tuesday 2022?

#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 and aims to be an antidote to consumer culture by celebrating generosity and inspiring people to bring about change in their communities and the world. It’s a chance to promote causes you believe in, and the one day of the year when non-profit organizations and charities get a chance to take center stage.

Why sloth conservation?

Sloths are a key part of the jungle ecosystems they inhabit, and when we give them the ability to peacefully inhabit their homes, we are helping out hundreds and even thousands of other plants and animals that call those trees home. Additionally, a healthy forest ecosystem provides food, medicinal plants, renewable resources, a clean watershed, scientific discoveries, and sustainable tourism to the local human communities that live within and around the rainforest.

Giving to sloths is like the gift that keeps on giving, but even better: it’s the gift that keeps on multiplying!


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Does it really make a difference?

Global warming and habitat loss aren’t just the biggest threat to wildlife (including sloths), they are the biggest threat to human existence. A future without a habitable biosphere isn’t just bleak, it’s not viable at all. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is run by greedy corporations that are happy to sacrifice your future for their immediate profit, and the politics to change that are a slow and frustrating process.

While it’s important to promote governmental policies that protect our world, you don’t have to wait on them to effect real change, right now. There are immediate actions that individuals can take to address climate change, fight deforestation, reduce disease burden, and ensure a better world in the future and in the immediate present.

What’s the best way for me to give to sloths?

1. Sloth Science


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Mango wearing a backpack with tracking equipment. Photo: Mira Meijer


Knowing and understanding sloth ecology and biology is important to develop conservation strategies. SloCo publishes papers and conducts research on these topics. You can contribute to sloth science by:

  • Becoming a VIP supporter. With a monthly subscription, you’ll be supporting the Urban Sloth Project and receive updates every month about the sloths we are monitoring!
  • Sponsoring a radio collar or a sloth backpack to help us track, monitor, and gather millions of data points about sloth behavior.
  • Making history with the Great Sloth Census Project and helping us determine the size and trends of sloths’ population to identify key areas for conservation.


2. Protecting rainforest

SloCo is really close to being able to turn 20 hectares of primary forest in the South Caribbean into a sloth reserve and a scientific station! With a donation of only $5 you can contribute one square meter (about a square yard) to this important project.


3. Connecting and restoring sloth habitat


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Habitat fragmentation and deforestation due to urbanization are major threats to sloths, but you can help us address these problems by:


4. Educating the next generation



Today’s children are the conservationists and scientists of the future, and giving them the tools to learn about environmental issues and empowering them to effect lasting change is fundamental to protecting biodiversity.

You can support the Kukula Kids’ Club–an environmental club aimed at indigenous children in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica–by donating for school supplies and lessons.


5. Saving sloths by helping dogs


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Dog attacks are a big issue for sloths, and we tackle it by spaying and neutering rescued dogs. Donate to our Oh My Dog! Project to help all our furry friends, both wild and domestic!

6. Preventing electrocutions


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Insulating powerlines and electrical transformers in urbanized areas are extremely important to protect sloths, who represent around 50% of the electrocuted mammals that arrive at rescue centers in Costa Rica. Every one of these injuries and deaths is preventable!

7. Supporting general donations

Not sure where your money will be best spent? General donations are some of the most important funds to conservation organizations, as they help us cover unforeseen expenses and cover gaps in other projects. If you want to know that your funding will be that critical difference at the exact right moment, consider making a general donation, and we promise something amazing will be done with it!



2° International Sloth Festival 2022, Costa Rica

2° International Sloth Festival 2022, Costa Rica

Last year we launched the first-ever International Sloth Festival. In spite of some rough beginnings and the remnants of Covid restrictions, we had a lot more people than we expected and the event itself was awesome!

This year we decided to go even bigger. We teamed up with the locally owned Wolaba Productions and worked with the amazing staff of our host venue, Selina Puerto Viejo, to bring you the second International Sloth Festival 2022: bigger, better, and even more inspired!

A perfect place

The location was everything we could have asked for the festival: a beautiful patch of forest near the beach, right next to Luna and Luiza’s territory, with a very appropriate sculpture of a sloth already in place. The weather was wet the day before (because, you know, rainforest) but Saturday dawned fair and blue, and we arrived by 7 am to set up tables, tents, booths, signs, and the hundred other little details needed for an epic day.


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Photo: Mira Meijer


Imagine what a pleasant surprise it was to discover that our first guests were not our enthusiastic human supporters, but several sloths themselves! Four of our slow, furry friends joined us for a festival in their honor and supervised the arrival of our vendors, artisans, and fellow conservation organizations by 9 am.


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Photo: Mira Meijer


Can you spot the sloth? Photo Mira Meijer

The Sloth Festival 2022 begins

By 10 am we had our first (human) visitors. Participants from all over the world came to celebrate with us! In addition to everyone from Costa Rica, we had people from countries as diverse as Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and more!


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Photo: Mira Meijer


In total the Sloth Festival received more than 400 guests this year. Everyone was delighted by our resident sloths, who were for some participants the first sloths they had ever seen!


People spot the sloths in the trees. Photo Mira Meijer


The highlights of the Festival

Suzi Eszterhas exhibition

Our much-celebrated trustee and awarded photographer Suzi Eszterhas presented a carefully curated selection of pictures in her exhibition “The Lives of Urban Sloths”. These 10 stunning photographs depict sloths found in the most dangerous, inconvenient, or simply bizarre locals; usually driven there by habitat disturbance, deforestation, or urbanization. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, and always moving, her work captures the reality of how urgently sloths need our help.


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“The mom at the café” . Photo Mira Meijer

Connected Gardens + Community Conservation chat

Connected Gardens manager Francisco Rodríguez opened up the 11 am Q&A about the importance of habitat connectivity. He talked about how we can use reforestation and sloth crossings to enable canopy connectivity, the importance of community conservation, and the involvement of social movements in protecting the habitats of wild creatures.


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Photo: Mira Meijer


“Saving sloths together”, Toucan Rescue Ranch talk

Speaking of epic, our colleagues from the Toucan Rescue Ranch drove SEVEN HOURS from the other side of Costa Rica, braving dangerous mountain roads and crazy traffic to join us at Sloth Fest. The TRR is a rescue and rehabilitation center that works with many animals, including sloths. Their education coordinator Stephanie Valle Cubero and sloth veterinarian Andrés Sáenz Bräutigam gave a wonderful presentation about their sloth rescue, rehabilitation, and release program.


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Photo Mira Meijer

The Urban Sloth Project talk

Against the very appropriate backdrop of “The Lives of Urban Sloths” exhibition, USP lead José Guzman gave a wonderful overview of the Urban Sloth Project and why we need to study the boundaries of urban/wilderness areas, and the lives of the sloths that call these frontiers home.

Salsa Brava to Cocles guided walk

One of the most unique presentations at the Second International Sloth Festival was a guided walk along the Brava-Cocles trail, a footpath that runs along the beach in front of the festival (and right through Luna and Luiza’s territories!)


Informative signs about sloths natural history and species. Photo: Mira Meijer


This path used to be the only link between the scattered communities of this area of the South Caribbean, until the comparatively recent addition of the road in the 90’s. In this 30-minute tour, Francisco explained the importance of the trail and pointed out the many animals that can be seen in the shady canopy above, including several sloths!

Searching for sloths with Jose

Everyone loves sloths, and everyone loves radio antennas! People of every age got the chance to become sloth scientists for a day and learn how we use VHF radio equipment to monitor sloths in the USP. For this demonstration, José took groups of sloth science enthusiasts to monitor Luna and Luiza while explaining the methodology and science behind the Urban Sloth project. He also gave them a few pro tips that we’ve learned in the year or more that we’ve been tracking Luna.


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Our volunteer Faith helping children to spot Luna. Photo: Mira Meijer


Kukula Kids’ Club

What would a festival dedicated to conservation be without a space for the people who will inherit that future? Our Kids’ Corner (a.k.a. Kukula Kids’ Club) was set up with a variety of games, an art space for exploring creativity, a photo booth, a photo workshop exhibition with Girls Who Click, and of course our famous mascot Siesta.


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The Kukula Kids’ Club by Mira Meijer


Kassandra also took the kids on a sloth search using our radio equipment and tracked down a stuffed sloth we had hidden earlier. Here come some future sloth scientists!


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Kassandra with the Kukula CLub’s kids. Photo: José Guzman

Scat Dog demonstration

SloCo’s newest project, the groundbreaking Sloth Census using a scat detection dog, was also debuted for the festival! Tamara took our SSD dog Keysha out for a demonstration of her olfactory skills. To show how well she was able to find sloth poop, Keysha not only tracked down the correct training blocks with sloth poop hidden inside them, but she also tracked down some wild sloth scat for us! Go Keysha!


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Keysha showing her detection skills. Photo Mira Meijer


Soon now we’ll be able to conduct the first-ever accurate sloth population census, which we anticipate will have huge effects on the science and policy of sloth conservation.


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Keysha and Tamara. Photo Mira Meijer

Puppies to adopt!

Dogs that don’t know how to interact with sloths are unfortunately one of the main reasons sloths are hurt and end up in rescue centers. Of course, we love dogs and want them to get along with wildlife, so we work with Puerto Viejo Dogs to promote responsible ownership and help fund spay and neuter clinics to help reduce the stray dog population.


Talamanca Cats booth . Photo: Marlies


Puerto Viejo Dogs also helps adopt out puppies in need of families, and we are happy to say that two of the three puppies they brought to the Sloth Festival found homes that very day!

Local Market and freebies

There are so many amazing artists in the Puerto Viejo area! We were proud to be able to offer a venue for some of our local artists and crafts makers: indigenous handcrafts, bags, jewelry, homemade chocolate and cakes, art pieces, and even hair braiding! The perfect gift, accessory or souvenir, everything had that unique flair of the South Caribbean.


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Additionally, our Connected Gardens project was there giving away free stickers, postcards, and tree saplings to anyone who wanted to promote sloth conservation and make their property more sloth friendly.

200 Bridges

We have achieved Sloth Crossing n° 200! At 4:30 in the afternoon, our pro climber Dayber went up and installed our 200th bridge right here on the Sloth Fest property at Selina! It was a great accomplishment for us to reach this important milestone on the Sloth Crossing Project, and it was really special to be able to share this moment with everyone at the festival and our sloth community.


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Dayber installing the 200th Sloth Crossing. Photo Mira Meijer

The great sloth raffle

Every year we have a fundraiser to put together our Sloth Raffle with more than 20 unique, interesting, and downright useful prizes! From art pieces to professional photo sessions, to an excursion for two to go rafting in one of the most scenic rivers of the world, this year we sold 326 tickets and raised $ 640!


Raffle time! Photo: Mira Meijer


Live music and shows 

Conservation and education don’t have to be dire and dry, the Sloth Festival 2022 turned on the beat and got down to boogie with DJ Cassia, who kept us going with his tribal tropical techno, and we finished off with Music of Guarumo, a local band with a more than appropriate name for a Sloth Festival, as guarumos are one of the main trees eaten by three-fingered sloths! The music of the Guarumo was accompanied by the girls of Fyre Space, who provided an astounding fire dance show.


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Guarumo and Fire Space. Photo Mira Meijer


The Sloth Festival is not only a place to celebrate and raise awareness about the world’s slowest mammals, but it is also a space for local organizations, conservationists, and social groups to connect and share experiences. After all, we’re stronger together, and we know that working side by side with other organizations is the way to protect wildlife and communities.

Also at the festival this year were:

Ara Manzanillo –  A project dedicated to the protection and reintroduction of the great green macaw, a highly endangered parrot with only 1500 individuals left in the wild.

Turtle Rescue Cahuita – An organization that promotes the protection and survival of sea turtles and local native wildlife.

El Puente – A social organization dedicated to assisting indigenous communities with education and supplies. They are our partners with the Kukula Kids’ Club!

Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación ATEC – A non-profit agency that provides responsible tourism work with local tour guides.

Coral Conservation –  An organization located in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica with the aim of protecting, preserving, and restoring the coral reef in the area.

Puerto Viejo Dogs and Talamanca Cats – Another animal relief effort dedicated to the responsible adoption of dogs and cats.

One Love Children Foundation – an organization that helps local children.

Planet Conservation – A conservation organization dedicated to recycling, education, social issues, and wildlife conservation.

Tucan Rescue Ranch – One of the biggest and more famous rescue facilities in the country, TRCC rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured wildlife.


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Early in the morning, we started to receive the first visitors. Photo: Mira Meijer

A great Slothtober and Sloth Festival 2022

Without a doubt, this was the greatest Slothtober we’ve ever had! Streamers, gamers, content creators, organizations, partners, colleagues, sloth lovers, and supporters, everybody came together to celebrate sloths, and we couldn’t ask for more.

Thank you to everybody who made the Second International Sloth Festival an out of the park success-we can’t wait to see you next year!


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Some SloCo Staff


And finally, a special thanks to our sponsors who participated with donations or raffle prizes: Exploradores OutdoorsSloth Toes, La Costa de Papito, UP House Costa Rica, Santa Marea, Life Culture Travel EtnotourismNamuwoki Lodge, Cariblue Beach and Resort, Geckoes Lodge, Playa 506La Kukula Lodge, Casas del Caribe, Tasty Waves, Madre Selva Hostel, AmaSer Yoga, Biriba Cocles, Reggae Roots CR, Vector 4 impresiones, Libreria Caribe, Cho.co, Blue Youth, Reggaeland, Pura Bali, Jungle Cuts by Erica, Heladeria 8 nanni, Café Rio Negro, Samoa Boutique, CaribeArtCR, Passion Fruit, Curry Kingdom, One Love Wolaba.