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This is my Story...

I am Sparky, a Two-Fingered Sloth that survived one of the worst electric shocks that the JRC have ever seen. People around the center commonly know me as one of the strongest sloths to come around the center.

I had quite horrifying injuries after I came into contact with an uninsulated electric power line, severe burns took over my whole torso, face and limbs. I was unable to move or use my hands or feet which made my life very difficult, I had no gripping whatsoever.

It took me months and months of intensive care and rehabilitation to come where I am right now, recovered from my burns, ultimately I did not get my ability to move and claw my toes and fingers, so I can not move around trees, or branches anymore. I will stay under the close supervision of my caretakers in the Jaguar Rescue Center as I am a permanent resident here.

Adopt Sparky and you will be supporting our ‘Shock Free Zone Campaign’. This campaign is designed specifically to help make the power lines safer for animals!

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Your symbolic adoption of $105 per month helps us with: Food, Medicine, Maintenance, Care and Enrichment of enclosures.

By symbolically adopting one of these amazing animals you will receive: (1) a personalized certificate of adoption and (2) the background story of the animal you adopted with photos (please note that we send all documents in PDF format via Email).

Two-finger Sloth(Choloepus hoffmanni)

Two-Finger Sloths commonly and mistakenly named two-toed sloths (Choloepus Hoffmanni) are found in the forests of Central and Southern America.

As you can see in the pictures it is not on their toes where they lack a toe, but in fact on their upper limbs on the hands, that is why earlier we described the common name as mistaken.

These slow animals that survive on a leaf-based diet tend to live most of their lives aloft, few times you will see them on the ground, some occasions might be in order to reach another tree even by water or to defecate. Sloth’s fur is grown specifically to create a natural camouflage.

Shock-Free Zone Program

Our goal consists of insulating transformers and electrical lines that are currently without insulation.

We have been working with ICE to identify the most problematic areas in order to insulate them first.

Buying the materials to insulate a transformer costs $250 per transformer. ICE has graciously volunteered to provide professional staff, equipment and specialized vehicles for installation.

Facts about two-finger Sloths

Sloths have very poor eyesight and hearing, so they rely on touching and smelling for food.

The only time sloths are found standing properly is when they go to the ground to defecate, and they only do this almost once a week.

The hair grows in a special system of being parted along the stomach and flows from belly to back. This system is helpful for when the sloths are hanging upside down and the rainwater can runoff.