Save the Pygmy Sloth From Extinction

  • by: Susan V
  • recipient: Isla Escudo de Veraguas
The pygmy three-toed sloth is on the edge of extinction - with only about 79 left on the tiny Isla Escudo de Veraguas off mainland Panama.

And if they can't make it there, they can't make it anywhere. The island, with its red mangroves, is their only habitat.

Only recently discovered, this sloth is dwarfed by its mainland kin and also distinguished by a dark band across its forehead. Spending nearly all its time in the trees, falling into the water for a swim now and then, it's rarely vulnerable to natural predators.

But humans are another matter. Poaching and the destruction of mangroves has already reduced the population by more than 80%. Education and stronger law enforcement is desperately needed to ensure that we don't lose thiese incredible little sloths for good.

Sign this petition to urge the Panamanian government to work with local communities on Escudo De Veraguas to save the pygmy three-toed sloth.

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