Eva is a two toed sloth, Choloepus hoffmanni. She arrived in March,2019, approximately six months old. A local resident turned her in, after slaughtering her mother for food. His family had wanted to keep her as a pet, and were trying to feed her bread and milk. Because of the lack of appropriate care, she became ill.
When she arrived, she had a swollen belly (timpanism) and looked quite bad. Our caretakers placed her on rehydration liquids, and a special milk mixture, and she progressed quite well. She's completely rehabilitated, so we released her and now she enjoys her days eating in the trees and watching the beautiful nature around RAREC.
Osita is a three toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus, she was saved by a group of students from the Peruvian University of the Amazon, who were interns in January 2020. They knew that she was a family’s pet in Iquitos city, this family was looking for a place to take her because she looked very sick.
The students were able to save her, bringing her to RAREC where she was administered the fluids and medicines necessary to stop the tympanism from which she was already suffering. Osita has recovered favorably with the care of the staff and volunteers, and is now in good health. She was given fluids, supplements and was under observation living in semi-captivity. She was already released and lives in the rainforest.
If you volunteer with us, you will be able to see the already rehabilitated sloths and the future rescues that inhabit the trees of RAREC in freedom.
Eva and Osita are two of the various sloths that we have had the opportunity to rehabilitate and release in RAREC. If you want to volunteer with us and be part of this experience rehabilitating and returning this species to the environment, you can contact RAREC Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you more details about our programs.