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Meet The Woman Who Lives With 200 Sloths

“I have become slothified.”

1. This is Monique Pool, founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

2. And this is one of her housemates.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

3. Here’s another one.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

4. Monique has been rescuing two-toed and three-toed sloths for the last few years, and rehabilitating them in her home in Suriname, South America.

John Martin / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

5. Around two sloths pass through Monique’s sloth sanctuary per week.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

6. She releases them back into the wild within a couple of days unless they are injured and need further care.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

7. When some land was cleared in 2012, Monique expected to rescue 14 sloths - but ended up with 200.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

8. “I have become slothified,” she told Conservation International. “Overwhelmed by sloth.”

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

Conservation International is an environmental charity, and a partner of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname. It is working on several projects to protect forests and freshwater in the country.

9. “When I walk from my bathroom to the kitchen, I see sloths hanging all over the place.”

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

10. Monique is concerned about the sloths’ rapidly depleting habitat in Suriname.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

11. Suriname is in an area which includes around 25% of the world’s natural forest, and produces up to 15% of the world’s fresh water.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

12. Monique is working to build a sloth park in the country, saying it has “enormous tourist potential”.

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

13. “Just imagine sitting here, drinking a coffee, while a sloth does this.”

Becca Field / Conservation International / Via conservation.org

14. Watch Conservation International’s video starring Monique and her sloths.

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/66078807.

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