Spend The Night With Sloths At This Conservation Center
Would you do this?
Sloths are, without question, one of the coolest and most bizarre animals that exist. Their little coconut heads sport a permanent, bemused smile, and they sleep all day. Plus, they have weirdly long arms and eat nothing but leaves. They’re amazing. And now, you can have a sleepover with them at this Oregon conservation center. Where do we sign up?
At the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainier, Oregon, apparently. This organization—which is dedicated to rescuing sloths, researching ways to keep sloths alive and educating the public about these amazing animals—is offering sloth sleepovers, during which you can chill out with the sloths inside their habitats.
Obviously the best option for education is spending an entire night with these perfect animals. It doesn’t come cheap, though. For a double-occupancy slot, you have to shell out $600 (WORTH IT). For this fee, you get to observe AND interact with the sloths from 8 p.m. all the way through until 7:30 a.m. the next morning. If you’re too excited to sleep, and I certainly would be, that’s OK. But you will get a cot and a TV included with your accommodations… like there’s anything on TV that’s better than being with a real, live sloth.
Though you’re not allowed to actually hold the sloths (the center says it has “acute detrimental effects”), you can still get up close and personal with these creatures. The center also has strict quiet rules, since sloths are extremely sensitive to noise. (I guess this means you have to keep the TV volume on low, if you were to switch it on.)
“This is ideal for us and our sloths because we are a captive conservation center [first] and foremost and not a ‘for public entertainment’ ‘zoo,’” a representative from the conservation center told The Huffington Post in an interview. “It allows the sloths all of the ultra quiet rest periods that they need to stay healthy. We do not double stack visitors to one group of sloths—they require their 15-18 hours of ‘beauty sleep’ per day.”
If you don’t want to shell out for the overnight visit, you can also do the “feed and pet” educational experience for $100 per person.
Anyway, if you want to find me, I’ll be booking a ticket to Oregon to hang out with these guys. And watching this hilarious video of a girl meeting a sloth on repeat: