Named as a ‘CNN Hero 2015’, Monique Pool founded the Green Heritage Fund Suriname in 2005 after agreeing to foster and rehabilitate an orphaned sloth from the local animal shelter. Monique soon fell in love with these unique animals and discovered Suriname’s need for rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of all Xenarthra species due to deforestation and expansion of the capital city, Paramaribo.
Outside her full-time job as a translator, Suriname’s resident ‘sloth lady’ worked for many years as an environmental activist caring for and relocating Xenarthra, researching dolphins, and providing community education about conservation, sustainable development and climate change to ensure a green, clean and healthy future for Suriname.
In 2016 she became the first full-time Director of the foundation. Monique also acts as Suriname’s Country Coordinator for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, which provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.
Green Heritage Fund Suriname is proud to have a broad volunteer base. We are
comprised of Surinamese and international volunteers from all walks of life, students, and long-term visitors from abroad.
Volunteers complete a variety of tasks including animal rescues and care, administrative duties, communications, fundraising, event planning, and much more. We also welcome volunteers who share their skills from a distance.
Without these volunteers, our small paid staff would not be able to meet our goals.