Ten years ago, the pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus Pygmaeus) lived undisturbed ten miles off the coast of Panama on a tiny island the size of Central Park in New York City. Now that’s changed and the pint-sized slowpokes are teetering on the edge of extinction.
In mid-March, a volunteer pilot from LightHawk, flew a donated flight with the Zoological Society of London to map the sloth’s remaining habitat on the island which is mostly inaccessible on foot.
Exploring the entire island from the air enabled scientists to quickly identify imminent threats and pressure points. The information the scientists brought back will help create a conservation plan to protect the sloth’s only home.