Xenarthra Program

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About the Xenarthra

The Xenarthra is the order of animals that includes the sloths (2 species), armadillos (9 species) and anteaters (3 species). The Xenarthra Program of the foundation is involved in the shelter, care, rehabilitation and release of these animals. This means that orphaned and distressed animals are adopted temporarily until they are healthy and prepared to be returned to the forest.

  • Shelter and Rehabilitation of Xenarthra
  • Education and Information
  • Habitat protection
  • Construction, maintenance and staffing of a professional shelter
  • Establishment of a knowledge centre for the shelter and in situ conservation
  • Continued professionalization of the care and shelter of the animals
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How did we Start

The establishment in 2005 of this project was to convey a conservation message by means of creating an education and sustainable product. This message has three layers, first, sloths are beautiful and gentle animals, which should be appreciated by all Surinamers; second, people should not take animals from the wild or from their mothers to live with people; and third, awareness-raising about habitat loss.

The ultimate goal of this project is to have children and adults rediscover their bond with nature and their own humanity and compassion by becoming engaged in the fate of the sloths. The Green Heritage Fund Suriname is convinced that if we are not able of restoring this bond we will ultimately hamper the survival of the human species. The situation of the sloth goes hand in hand with making people more aware of the threat that habitat loss means to all species, including humans.

 Our Xenarthra Friends

Our Xenarthra Friends