Visit the Sloth Rehabilitation Center
Visits to our center are only possible after an appointment has been made and confirmed. Appointments should be made preferably a week in advance.
In July 2017 we moved from the city, where we never allowed visitors to come, to our wellness center in our new location. This is an hour’s drive from Paramaribo. On Friday, the 2nd of November 2018, we officially opened our doors for visitors.
If we have a release, there is a possibility to join that if you have your own transportation. Releases are planned in such a way that you will be able to participate in the release. Scientists from the “Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica” found that sloths experience tachycardia* when they are handled by strangers; this can lead to their premature death. Sloths are also sensitive to diseases when they are exposed to outside microbes and allergens. That is why we only offer a possibility to join a release, during which further close contact with the animals will not be allowed.
Join a dolphin trip
Guests can join the research trips (maximum of 10 people per trip). This way guests can experience the research first hand and help with funding these trips, thus helping to ensure the continuity. The volunteers provide information about the research, the dolphins and the estuary.
The boat departs from Leonsberg and heads towards Braamspunt. Along the way research is conducted every time dolphins are spotted. After arrival at Braamspunt guests are invited to go for a walk on the beach and/or may take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean (only at high tide). The boat heads back to Leonsberg after approximately one hour.
How do I join a trip?
Please place your reservations on time by either calling our office at (597) 437533 or by mailing to [email protected]. Payment for reservations must be made in advance at the Geertruidastraat 24 from 8 A.M till 4 P.M. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The price per person is €20; residents receive a discount of 25%, thus paying €15 per person.
What if I want to take my kids along?
Kids below the age of four are not allowed on the trips. The price for children is the same as for adults. If you are taking kids along please let us know their age so we can make sure to have life vests in the right sizes available.
Do I need to take care of anything for the trip?
We do not serve drinks or snacks during the trip, so please make sure to take your own food and drinks with you. Bring a hat and sunscreen, and depending on the season, a raincoat. We also would like to note that there are no sanitary facilities available on the boat.