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 Leave No Trace For Wildlife This Season

The Sloth InstituteBy Deanna Fisher, TSI Marketing Director

It’s no wonder why folks from around the world are rushing to Costa Rica for their vacation destination. With sprawling coastlines, lush rainforests, and many natural waterfalls, Manuel Antonio offers a unique slice of heaven for every vacation goer. The chance to observe wildlife around every corner provides a fantastic experience many seek while in the area. With these opportunities however come the responsibility to treat wildlife with the respect they deserve and need.

Here are 5 ways you can leave no trace during your time in Costa Rica:

1. USE LESS PLASTIC

Single use plastics are a growing problem worldwide. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Do your part to use less by utilizing reusable shopping bags and/or refilling water bottles when out and about. Avoid using straws in beverages and be sure to throw them away in proper receptacles not leave them on the beach or alongside trails.

2. KEEP WILDLIFE WILD

Do not touch, get close to, or pick up wild animals for a “better look”.

It is stressful to the animal and is possible that the animal may harbor diseases. Additionally, we can transmit bacteria that is harmful to them. Sick or wounded animals can bite, peck or scratch, sending you to the hospital. Instead, observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee.

Wild sloth3. BE AWARE AND DRIVE CAREFULLY

Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Travel quietly and do not pursue, or force animals to flee. Pay attention when driving on windy or remote roads as animals also use these paths and are no match for a speeding car.

4. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE

Feeding wild animals, accidentally leaving food out or not properly disposing of garbage

teaches animals that humans provide food. Once an animal has had a taste of human food, it may begin to seek it above the natural food sources, changing their behavior and oftentimes leads to the animals decline in health and increased aggression. This includes fruits that humans consume such as bananas, berries, and many others.

5. DISPOSE OF RUBBISH & RECYCLE

Put your rubbish and recyclables in the proper bins to protect the beauty of Manuel Antonio. Simple actions such as recycling used cans and bottles, and collecting your trash before leaving the beach has a ripple effect on all who depend on the area. Do your part to prevent litter on the coastlines, trails, and ocean.

ANNOUNCING THE TSI SLOTH RESPONSE TEAM

If you see a sloth who needs help, don’t wait! Call +506 8675-2539 for immediate assistance.

ABOUT THE SLOTH INSTITUTE COSTA RICA

www.TheSlothInstituteCostaRica.org The mission of The Sloth Institute Costa Rica is to protect and enhance the welfare and conservation of sloths through research, education, and conservation programs. TSI is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. For more information please email info@theslothinstitute.org. To donate visit tsi.charity.org. Let’s be social @TheSlothInstitute.


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