Sloths Find Refuge at Pacuare Lodge

There are some new members in the Pacuare Lodge family, and we couldn’t be happier. There are at least five adult three-toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus) on our grounds: two males and three females, each with her own pup.

They don’t all live together, however. Sloths are very territorial, solitary creatures, and each one has staked out a spot to set up their homes. As their name suggests, sloths are not the fleetest of creatures in Costa Rica’s rainforests. Indeed, sloths love to take their time with nearly everything. When sloths eat, for example, leaves they consume in August night not be eliminated until October.


Sloths spend most of their time up in the rainforest canopy, both to maximize their laziness and minimize any time spent on the ground. High up in their trees, sloths find food (mostly leaves), water, and protection from predators. Moving to a new “home” can be a dangerous time for a sloth as boa constrictors and wildcats take advantage of the sloth’s poor mobility when it’s on the ground.

perezoso8Finding a sloth up in the treetops is difficult for the untrained eye. Pacuare Lodge is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of these friendly-looking critters. Because sloths depend almost exclusively on the treetops for survival, farming, ranching, and urban developments are the biggest threats to their habitat.

Fortunately, at Pacuare Lodge we work hard to minimize our ecological footprint – meaning we have lots of great spots for sloths to thrive. Our private nature reserve offers 840 acres of natural rainforest that is untouched by human hands. Try one of our nature hikes with our expert guides, whose expert eyes will bring the forest alive for you. Or simply ask around the lodge: We’ll be able to point you in the right direction (up!) to see where our newest family members are staying.

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