Want to spend the night with sloths? You can in Oregon

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Have you ever thought about spending the night with sloths? Personally, I can’t say the thoughts ever crossed my mind, although I’ll be the first to admit these creatures are absolutely adorable. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, well you are in luck as you can in Rainier, Oregon. Rainer is home to the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center, recently featured on CNN, and their sloth sleepover program allows up to 16 people to visit overnight.

Before you get too excited, the price is a little steep. The sleepover will set you back a cool $600 for admission. If you can afford the sleepover, you will get a two-person tent for the night, which includes a Q&A sessions with center staffers. Oh, and don’t forget an awesome “I Slept With a Sloth” t-shirt which is included for the overnight visit.

If you plan to stay the night with the sloths, you must abide by the rules. “No noise, no talking zone,” are among many listed on their site. The sloth habitat has a very strict no-talking policy to ensure that the animals aren’t disturbed. Since sloths are most active at night, sleepovers begin at 8 p.m. on Saturdays to about 7:30 a.m. the following morning.

The sloths have came all the way to Oregon from Latin America, and according to the CNN report logging companies will contact the conservation center if they plan on cutting in the animals’ habitats.

If the sleepover price is a little steep, guests can opt for one-hour sessions with the sloths which will set you back $100. Do keep in mind, these sessions require guests to be at least 10 years old and anyone younger than 16 will require a parent or guardian to accompany them. Also, video is not allowed, although you can take photos of the sloths.

More info here

+ The Oregonian

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  • Wendy Dempster Flick

    We should stop and think if we should be wanting these animals living in cages climbing on bars out of their natural environment, surrounded by people, just so we can pet them. Even a zoo has educated and trained professionals and an educational purpose with bigger more natural enclosures for them. This place reportedly sells exotic animals for pets for profit. I’d check out behind the scenes before I would advocate or advertise for it.