The sloths survival strategy is camouflage, and as a result, observational research is lacking and very little is known about wild sloth ecology. Without this knowledge, the development of conservation strategies is exceedingly difficult. This project is a broad study into the ecology and biology of two-fingered (Choloepus hoffmanni) and three-fingered (Bradypus variegatus) sloths in Costa Rica. We are combining VHF radio transmitters with Daily Diary accelerometers to gain a better understanding of the sloths daily behaviour patterns, including their diet, habitat preference, ranging patterns and reproductive systems.
The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (www.slothsanctuary.com)