Have you ever wondered what true paradise might look like? After looking at some of the pictures of the Sloth Institute Costa Rica, we think we have a pretty good idea. (Hint: It’s filled with adorable sloths.)
The Sloth Institute Costa Rica was co-founded by two women, Sam Trull and Seda Sejud, for the purposes of helping save sweet sloth lives. A very noble cause for a very worthy (not to mention unbearably cute) species.
These heart-explodingly delightful little creatures are in pretty serious danger from a lot of different factors, which is one of the reasons the institute was originally founded.
But if you think it’s a place you can go and pet random baby sloths, you’ll be pretty disappointed. Instead, it’s a place that serves to protect sloths from too much human interaction (which can actually stress them out critical levels), to nurture them back to health after years of stress, and to re-teach them how to survive on the own in the jungle. Not to mention, it teaches humans the true nature of sloths and how, if you love them, you’ll know the best way to help and protect them (and it isn’t taking them home as a pet… unfortunately).
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to love and support these little ones (while still getting your cute-fix in). First of all, you can visit the website to see how you might be able to adopt a sloth. Or, if you really need lots of unbearably cute baby pictures (and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), the co-founder Sam Trull has just released a book called Slothlove that will hopefully satisfy your sloth-adoring needs while still helping support sloth-sustaining practices.
Because, while having a sloth of your seems like it would be magical, when you truly love something, you have to learn to let it go.