Sloth of the Amazon Rainforest, Preservation and Conservation, Peru

img_2426This afternoon we take the skiffs to a small community where we disembark for a walk through the jungle.  I take this photograph of a three toed sloth, peeking at us from behind a tree, during the hike.  Sloths are slow-moving tree dwellers that prefer to sleep most of the time.  Living in trees helps to keep them safe from predators during their long naps.  On other days we see sloths sleeping high in the trees, where they are safest, during our boat rides along the creeks.  The primary threat to the sloth is habitat destruction from deforestation. With this global photo story, I salute the rangers of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve for protecting the rainforest from tree poachers who threaten the ecosystem through illegal logging.

By Stacey Gerhart

Stacey Gerhart, DVM is a veterinarian, world traveler and children's book author. Her fun and inspiring stories will leave you cheering for nature, wildlife, and protecting the planet. Stacey believes fiction pairs beautifully with non-fiction for parents and teachers to share stories with children to raise awareness about wildlife, environment, and sustainability.