Lucy Cooke is a British photographer, filmmaker, zoologist and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society. Author of our Book of the Month, A Little Book of Sloth, Ms. Cooke describes herself as “a National geographic explorer, zoologist, writer, filmmaker and TV presenter with a passion for odd animals.”
Included in this category of odd animals are sloths, both two and three-toed. In 2010, Ms. Cooke visited Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. She made a short video, “Meet the Sloths”, which has been seen by more than 10 million viewers. An award-winning documentary about the sanctuary called ‘Too Cute! Baby Sloths’ was filmed for Animal Planet and launched in December 2011.
This book is Ms. Cooke’s first book and is full of her photographs of the many residents at the sanctuary. She gives a brief history of the facility and does a fantastic job of describing the individual animals, guaranteed to hold the interest of both young and adult readers. Buttercup, the first sloth to arrive at Avarios, is still the “queen” and leader of slothville, two decades later. Mateo is a “streetwise” sloth with an attitude and prefers the company of his plush stuffed toy known as Moo. Ubu could easily be an Olympic gold medalist in the sport of hugging and Wally is an accomplished gymnast. Many of these individuals starred in the documentary.
The 54-page hardback book is great for all ages and the photographs are excellent. It is available for $16.99 in the Book Store and as always, members receive a 10% discount. A Little Book of Sloth is of particular interest to the DWA, as the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary has been a conservation partner of ours since 2002.