When sloths are in trouble, she’s the one you call
By Kathleen Toner, CNN
5 minute read
5:07 PM EDT, Mon March 21, 2016
CNN Hero Monique Pool has been helping to rescue animals -- mostly sloths -- in her native Suriname since 2005. Click through the gallery to see more images of Pool and these fascinating animals.
Pool has been recognized for her particular interest in three-toed and two-toed sloths. "I live in the middle of the city, so we are working to build a professional rehabilitation center in the forest, so we can give the animals an opportunity to practice their 'sloth skills' before they are released," she said.
Pool's nonprofit, Green Heritage Fund Suriname, started because of a lost pet. While looking for her lost dog, she called the Animal Protection Society and learned that a baby sloth had been orphaned. Pool offered to take it in. "I didn't know anything about sloths, but I learned a lot," said Pool. She sought advice from international experts on how to care for the animals. "Now, when sloths are injured or in trouble, all the telephone calls come to us."
Pool has been recognized for her particular interest in three-toed and two-toed sloths.