re: I am one of the world’s leading experts on sloths and the founder of The Sloth Conservation Foundation, ask me anything! VIEW POST


Hi! Thank you so much for doing this. Why did you get involved with Sloths in particular?


I originally began working with sloths by accident - while I was studying for my undergraduate degree one of my supervisors had set up a research link with a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. I needed to complete a 12 month research placement, and I jumped at the chance to spend a year in the Costa Rican jungle. I immediately applied for the position and after several rounds of interviews, I got the job! Two months later I flew out to Costa Rica and the rest is history. During that first year I very quickly discovered that there was very little scientific literature on sloths, and no one was doing any sort of long-term research. Of course baby sloths are unbearably cute, but I find sloths more interesting for their unusual biology. They are so unlike any other mammal on the planet and yet we know so little about them!

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