While Worldkind loves and appreciates all of our sloth companions, in celebration of international sloth week, we’re bringing one of the most critically endangered sloths and a feature of our brand’s Almost Gone collection to the spotlight, the pygmy three-toed sloth.
The Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth...what is that?
Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are unique to the Isla de Veraguas off the coast of Panama. Despite conservation efforts, loss of habitat and deforestation in the area have pushed populations to the brink of extinction, with only 90 to 100 sloths still remaining on the small island.
What’s the issue?
Slow-moving tree dwellers, sloths are particularly sensitive to changes in their habitat. Unlike faster-moving creatures, sloths cannot run or jump across gaps between trees. The plight is worse for the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth who is literally water locked by the island it calls home. Without greater focus on sustainable forestry and industrialization on the island, the world could lose the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth sooner than we think.
Why are they important?
Saving Pygmy Three-toed sloths, and all sloths, is the secret to medical science. Did you know the fungal ecosystems found in their hair, could provide treatments against cancer cells and dangerous infections including malaria.
What can you do?
Take a stand for critically endangered animals. Worldkind’s almost gone collection was created as a voice for the world’s most vulnerable creatures and 10% of proceeds are proudly donated to protect critically endangered species and their habitats.