Monique Pool

Recently named as a ‘CNN Hero 2015’, Monique Pool founded the Green Heritage Fund Suriname in 2005 after agreeing to foster and rehabilitate an orphaned sloth from the local animal shelter.  Monique soon fell in love with these unique animals and discovered Suriname’s need for rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of all Xenarthra species due to deforestation and expansion of the capital city, Paramaribo.  Outside her full-time job as a translator, Suriname’s resident ‘sloth lady’ works as an environmental activist caring for and relocating Xenarthra, researching dolphins, and providing community education about conservation, sustainable development and climate change to ensure a green, clean and healthy future for Suriname.  Monique also acts as Suriname’s Country Coordinator for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, which provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

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