Meet The Woman Who Lives With 200 Sloths

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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