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This is Monique

Monique is the Founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname and she is fighting to save displaced and injured sloths, and other wildlife, who have been uprooted by climate change and urbanization.

With your help

Monique will not only be able to save and relocate more displaced sloths but also track and monitor these in the wild while educating the public on climate change.

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Paramaribo, Suriname

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Why care

Climate change and deforestation is rapidly diminishing the size of the Suriname forests, forcing sloths and other animals into urban areas where they run a high risk of getting hurt. Moreover, sloth’s source of water is leaves, and with climate change altering the rainfall, the amount of leaves is decreasing, leaving sloths dangerously dehydrated.

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Their work

Monique is the Founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname.

  • Monique responds to calls about displaced sloths and saves them from potentially dangerous situations. 

  • Tends to the injured animals and rehydrates them.

  • When an animal recuperated, she relocates the animal in an area similar to their natural habitat.

  • Monique also tends to other species such as armadillos, anteaters, and marine animals.

  • Spearheads community outreach programs to spread awareness of the impact of climate change and the importance of the various ecosystems.

  • Educates local populations on data gathering and analysis to ensure future conservation.


  • Monique has studied and worked with animals for over 14 years.

  • She has saved, rehabilitated and relocated more than 800 sloths.

  • In 2018, Monique built a sloth rehabilitation center.

  • The goal is now to save and relocate 100 sloths every year.

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The mission

Monique is on a mission to aid various animal populations and to educate people to consciously strive towards continued protection and improvement of the regional environment.

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