Cafe Britt Supports Sloth Conservation with the Toucan Rescue Ranch
Costa Rica is known worldwide for its incredible flora and fauna. In fact, it holds approximately 5% of the planet’s biodiversity, despite its land area being only 0.03% of the globe’s surface. Café Britt is committed to environmental sustainability, including the protection of the unique species that call our region home.
The success of Cafe Britt’s Mérito: Jaguar Blend inspired them to look for ways to support more Costa Rican wildlife. As such, they are very proud to announce a new line of coffees: Hábitat. These blends will support conservation efforts throughout the country, with focuses on specific native species. The first blend is dedicated to the sloth, perhaps Costa Rica’s most famous resident. The coffee chosen for the blend is from Providencia and Tarrazú, two very different regions, paying homage to these animals’ large distribution area throughout Latin America.
- Sloths live in tropical forests in South and Central America.
- Sloth habitat includes rainforests, cloud forests, and dry forests.
- They can be seen throughout most of Costa Rica, and they are even spotted in urban areas.
- Sloths are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. They usually come to the ground once a week.
- Sloths are the world’s slowest mammals.
- Since they spend 90% of their time upside down, sloths’ bodies have adapted to protect their organs against the effects of gravity.
- Three-fingered sloths are herbivores, or plant eaters. They feed on leaves, flowers, and fruit. While, the two-fingered sloth is considered an omnivore, consisting of seed pods, fruits, and small amounts of protein.
- Their metabolism is notoriously slow—one meal can take an entire month to digest!
- Electrocution from power lines
- Habitat fragmentation
- Vehicles and traffic
- Dog Attacks
- Releasing rescued animals back into the wild requires research and monitoring to ensure that the animals adapt properly.
- Toucan Rescue Ranch rescues both orphaned and adult sloths. Most rehabilitated sloths require detailed tracking to promise a healthy release.
- Tracking collars and receivers will allow staff to monitor the sloths as they transition back to the wild.