Meet Monique Pool, founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname
Monique first fell in love with sloths when she took in an orphan from a rescue centre. Since then many sloths have spent time in her home on their way back to the forest – but even she found it hard to cope when she had to rescue 200 at once.
It all began in 2005 when Pool lost her dog, a mongrel called Sciolo, and called the Suriname Animal Protection Society to see if they’d found it. They hadn’t, but they told her about Loesje (or Lucia), a baby three-toed sloth they didn’t know how to look after. Pool offered to take it – and was instantly smitten. “They’re very unusual animals to look at,” she says. “They always have a smile on their face and seem so tranquil and peaceful.”
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