We chose this organization for personal reasons, stemming from a visit in February 2022. We travelled to an area on the Caribbean side teeming with wildlife. The property we stayed on had four sloths and many families of howler monkeys travelling through. One day after a visit to the beach, I came back to my friend in emotional distress and she explained that she had just watched a baby howler monkey get electrocuted by a wire it had jumped on. This was an incredibly upsetting story, and it made me think about how vulnerable wild animals are to things like power lines and other man-made objects and structures. It's so important to be aware of the potential hazards that we may unintentionally create for animals and to take steps to prevent them whenever possible.
As it transpired, the property owners told us about a benefit they were attending that night for the Sloth Conservation Foundation. They are the organization solving this problem by getting powerlines insulated and building wildlife bridges, so animals can travel safely from tree to tree. When animals only travel through the canopy, cutting down trees to construct a house or road can impede their natural migrations, decreasing their habitat and food sources.
The Sloth Conservation Foundation is a critical organization in the fight to protect these amazing creatures. Check out their website to learn more about their work and how you can help, or purchase Magic Bean Body Lotion, our cocoa butter lotion, and we'll donate 10% of what you pay.