Virtual Costa Rica: Park your kids in front of the Sloth Ironman

If you’ve never sat down to watch the Sloth Ironman, a delightfully whimsical sloths-doing-slothy-things video series from the Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica, now is most definitely the time.

Events like the 1-Meter Dash, the Poop-Off, and Hibiscus Eating actually have a purpose: they showcase whether these rescue sloths have mastered abilities they’ll need if they are to be reintroduced into the wild. What’s more, donors vote during the Games to raise money for the nonprofit project that takes care of these animals. However, the videos are also just very cute and immensely watchable. Here’s the trailer for the 2019 Games:

So just subscribe to The Toucan Rescue Ranch YouTube channel, cue up any of the orange-labeled Ironman videos (the others on the channel are really cool, as well), and put yourself and your kids in front of it for awhile to enjoy Costa Rican wildlife. If you like what you see, consider donating to support the Ranch’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-releasing wildlife. They’re open and active but will surely be affected by COVID-19, since educational tourism and volunteers are an important part of their model. Connect with them and help them continue to take care of sloths, toucans and other animals!

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or Facebook! During the COVID-19 crisis I’m focusing on slices of Costa Rican life that people can enjoy virtually during these tough times. If you see a great Costa Rica cam, FB Live, online class, photo series or other gem being shared from Costa Rica, let me know!

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