Discussion in 'Costa Rica' started by vogelcommando, 17 Feb 2015.
Article about the Sloth Sanctuary :
Sloth Orphans Receive Specialized Care - ZooBorns
Negative article about the sanctuary :
Quite a damning report indeed; whilst ex-employees can sometimes have an axe to grind it does indeed sound like there's a lot going wrong at the site. The fundraising sounds like a scam whilst the excessive numbers sounds like a hoarding problem - considering they overruled the vets multiple times it sounds like those in charge have gotten closer to a hoarding problem and thus whilst they "need" outside help they don't want it and won't respect it
Rule 1: always take articles from "The Dodo" with a large grain of salt. Perhaps the most hypocritical animal site on the internet.
mm, while The Dodo is indeed not a reliable source for anything, the article is pretty damning and reads truthfully. Although largely from the viewpoint of one couple who may have an axe to grind, they also provide plenty of evidence.
In the comments section it is mentioned that "A technical official complaint was done a month ago in the Ministry. Sadly, there has just been silence from them and the complaint, which is supposed to be public as well as the following procedures, is not fully available now. We are doing more pressure and research about this iregular situation."
I had some further looking around and, as the article says, the accusations are indeed to be found everywhere - it isn't just this couple complaining to The Dodo. Here's an archived blog from 2012 The dark side of The Sloth Sanctuary | The Wonders Of Wandering which goes into some detail about how much volunteers are paying to be there and other such things.
What is more surprising to me is that a company can continue to take international volunteers and trained members of staff whilst operating with these conditions. It very much seems like there is little to no actual hiding of what is going on save for the visiting public angle. Thus if information is so freely distributed I wonder why nothing has happened to penalise or investigate the Sanctuary. Or why its even able to continue to source paying volunteers.
It's one thing that makes one question how accurate the claims are when one considers how long it appears to have been running in this state. Almost a level of disbelief in the claims due to how it could not possibly happen at a sanctuary.
However I would hazard that either they are legally protected by the virtues of animal care laws (or lack there-of) in the country; or by the slow response of international organisations; or simply because no one of importance has spotted this as yet to make meaningful steps toward resolution.
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