At the moment I am staying at Aviarios sloth sanctuary on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, where I am supporting Rebecca Cliffe, one of our zoology students. Rebecca is on a year-long placement conducting research on the metabolic rate of sloths in relation to temperature and activity. Unlike many other mammals, a sloth’s thermoregulation is very similar to that of amphibians and reptiles, in that they rely heavily on the temperature of their immediate environment. Although I am supervising the project, it has been made possible due a special device developed by Dr Rory Wilson from Swansea University. It’s called the daily diary , and using it Rebecca is able to accurately measure the sloth’s activity – literally every second!
I have been coming to Aviarios since the very first time I visited Costa Rica, some 14 years ago, and the owners have become extremely good friends of mine. It is always a pleasure to witness how the sanctuary is going from strength to strength. I think sloths are just wonderful creatures and the more I find out about them the more captivated I become with them. Below are some links to video clips I made last year, but if anyone would like to have another made especially for them in answer to a question, please just let me know and I would be very happy to oblige.
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