A Hotel in Costa Rica Lets You Hang Out With Sloths, and This Simple Idea Can Protect Them From Extinction
Sloths are always smiling thanks to their unique facial structure. Whether they’re relaxed, scared, or sleepy — they always seem like they’re happy. And this makes them even cuter! However, it’s not too easy to encounter them in your daily life, as they’re an endangered species and require special living conditions. Nayara Resorts is concerned with this problem and decided to help, so they transformed a rainforest for this purpose.
Bright Side loves discovering new places that care about benefiting nature and teaching people how to make the planet better. Today, we invite you to have a look at the laziest place, literally — a sloth resort. And at the end, we’ve included a bonus that can melt anyone’s heart.
A remarkable intention
A sloth paradise was opened near Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano. It serves as a resort for these slow-moving creatures as well as a home for many other jungle animals. The main idea of this place was to preserve jungle wildlife and provide them with a safe place to enjoy their days. They began with only 2 sloths but have since expanded, and now, more than 10 of these tranquil animals are living there.
Meeting its attractive residents
Many cecropia trees are plated around the area of Nayara Resorts. Even though sloths eat different insects, small lizards, and carrion, their favorite food comes from the leaves of these trees. This way, there is always a delicious treat for the resort’s inhabitants. Sloths are endangered and the resort wants to show people how they can help and save them.
Sloths feel like they’re the true bosses of the resort. You can find them laying on the trees that are all around the property. These pacified animals aren’t really scared of people and don’t mind if they come up to take a couple of photos of them (without loud sounds or sharp movements, of course).
Sloths are full of surprises!
Interestingly enough, sloths can spend 90% of their lives just hanging on the trees upside down! Their organs are specially located in their bodies and are attached to the rib cage. This way, they don’t put pressure on their lungs and they can breathe freely.
While we’re used to thinking they barely move and do nothing but occupy trees, it’s not always the case. Sloths can swim and they are 3 times faster in water than they are just walking on the ground which makes them incredible swimmers. Moreover, they can also hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes because they can slow their heart rate!
They need our help.
In reality, sloths face a lot of danger. Things such as deforestation in the tropical forests and habitat loss leave them without their trees which are critical for their food and shelter. Poaching and other human interference are also determining factors in the sloth population. Plus, in nature, there are predators like jaguars, ocelots, or harpy eagles who hunt them. Sloths get stressed really easily which affects their respiratory and digestive systems.
One of the ways to protect these vulnerable animals is to create special reservations for them where they can live without being threatened. This way, we can still enjoy meeting them and they’ll be happy to just live their lives!
There’s still a lot to see in the forest.
Sloths are not the only ones who live in this place! Different bird species, amphibians, and other tropical wildlife have found shelter at the resort. For example, colorful macaws, timid tree frogs, tiny hummingbirds, exotic butterflies, and curious toucans are just some of the charming inhabitants of this forest.
Relaxing in harmony with nature
Many people got excited about the idea of meeting sloths and other wild animals face to face, so they decided to come here. However, because this place is all about preserving and helping animals, tourists are not allowed to feed them, as well as disrupt or cut plants.
Sustainability is a priority at the resort.
The resort also takes environmental issues into account and takes various measures for conserving and protecting the things in its environment. Houses in the resort are built from local artisan materials so they can benefit from the natural light the most. When it gets too dark, energy-conserving light bulbs can be used. Showers there are equipped with water-conserving equipment, and the resort encourages tourists to reuse towels and bedsheets.
Bonus: This is how orphaned baby sloths are fed!
Do you like sloths? Have you ever met one in real life? What amazes you about them? Let’s share our thoughts in the comment section!