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Juan Arredondo

A two-month-old clings to a tree in his enclosure. Baby three-toed sloths are in high demand as pets in Colombia—and as props for selfies throughout Latin America and in the United States. At AIUNAU, the lucky ones who manage to thrive are released after about a year. “When people talk about rehabilitation,” Plese says, “they think you just feed the animals. I spend days and nights just observing them. They’ve taught me so many things. I call them kids from the forest.”

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