Another Epic Year of the Sloth Ironman Games!
Wow. Just wow!
You guys, this has been the biggest year for Sloth Ironman Games yet! We see our following grow year after year, and with the support of you all, we have once again sailed far past our fundraising goal! We hope you enjoyed this year’s Games as much as we enjoyed putting them together. Thank you all so much for joining us for another successful year!
FINAL SLOTH IRONMAN GAMES RANKING:
1st: Noodle with 3095.5 points
2nd: Coco with 1882.5 points
Lianna & Pax TIED for 3rd with 1120 points
You all are amazing and we want to thank you for showing up for sloth conservation! We made Sloth Ironman Games history this year–TOGETHER, we raised a record-breaking $16,361 for the Saving Sloths Together program. I will say that again–$16,361!! This is DOUBLE our original goal and we could not be more grateful to our dedicated sloth fans. We could not have done this without your support.
A huge thank you once again to Explore.org and the Annenberg Foundation for their $8,000 grant match for this year’s Games. You helped us make Sloth Ironman Games history! All money raised from the 8th Annual Sloth Ironman Games will directly support the rescue, rehabilitation, and rewilding of orphaned sloths at Toucan Rescue Ranch!
Relive the exciting moments from the Games!
More about the Saving Sloths Together Program:
In 2017, Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Sloth Institute Costa Rica came together to form Saving Sloths Together (SST), a Costa Rica-wide project seeking greater opportunities for sloths in need. By combining each organization’s skills and knowledge, we can improve the sloth rescue, rehabilitation, and release process in Costa Rica. This alliance utilizes scientific expertise, dedication, passion, and decades of experience to provide the best program for every sloth needing help gaining a second chance at a life in the wild.
Why do Sloths Need Your Help?
Sloths at Toucan Rescue Ranch are rescued for various reasons. Common rescues include electrocution from powerlines, car accidents, dog attacks, and human encroachment, such as deforestation and the illegal pet trade. Often, orphans suffer from injuries and the loss of their mothers from such accidents. Babies are usually found abandoned by their mothers for unknown reasons (likely the mother was involved in a casualty).
This is when the Saving Sloths Together program (SST) comes to the rescue! Together, we rescue hurt sloths and give them a second chance at life to rewild them back into the rainforest once they “graduate” from the rehabilitation and rewilding Sloth Schooling program.
A unique component of the SST program is the ability to take a hand-raised, orphaned sloth and give it a second chance at being wild. The concept of releasing captive-raised sloths back into the wild is a feat that has rarely been done with success. However, this program’s combined expertise and resources have proved that sloths don’t belong in cages but #backinthetrees because they were all #borntobewild.