Fair-wage vegan accessories—you can help make them possible! »
You guessed it! It’s your weekly vegan crowd funding effort. I think you’ll like this one! Miss Manos is a project to help women in Costa Rica make a good wage by making animal friendly handbags! Here’s their mission statement:
Empowering women and improving their quality of life through a shared initiative. A fair-wage sewing venture that creates beautiful eco and animal friendly handbags and accessories.
I know, you’re in love. Well if you want to help, better do it quickly! They have 40-some hours left to meet their goal!
I have to see if I can get that brown one without the flower thing. I love the clutch shape and asymmetrical front flap. Not the flower though. OMG and I love the color!
But there’s lots of fun rewards for donations so check them out and donate if you can/want!
Marketing those one-of-a-kind mutts! »
I’m pretty sure this translates to Bordercocker fire tail. One of the many unique “breeds” you’ll find at the Territorio de Zaguates shelter in Costa Rica.
Territorio de Zaguates found that while interest in adopting was up, many people didn’t want “mutts.” Agency Garnier BBDO took a new approach to this by marketing these mutts as new one-of-a-kind breeds!
See more pics of the pups and process here!
Oh boy, yawning baby monkeys! I want one to carry in my purse! TOO BAD! Monkeys should not be pets! But they sure are RIDICULOUSLY cute.
Watch comedian and filmmaker Todd Bieber’s visit to a monkey orphanage in Costa Rica. Check out Nosara Wildlife Rescue’s site for more information.
Sorry for the delay, this sloth video came out two weeks ago. You know I always keep you up to date on sloth news but this sloth video is sort of a different beast than the last one from the sloth orphanage. Remember that one? It was adorbs! This one is kind of adorbs too, it’s just that, well, this one is about pooping. It’s a potty-training video. I’m so serious. Enjoy!
More baby sloths! »
Does everyone remember that superfantasticamazing sloth video we posted? Well guess what: there’s more to come! Lucy Cooke, a frog-activist and filmmaker, has gone back to the sloth orphanage in Costa Rica to supply us with more sloth “cute-crack” as she calls it (as “cute imagery really does work like crack by stimulating the reward centre of the brain”). She plans to make more videos but for now, there are some HOLY-CRAP-CUTE pictures! OMG I NEED A SLOTH TO KEEP IN MY POCKET!
Kill me now. It’s BABY SLOTHS at a SLOTH ORPHANAGE. There’s no reason to ever watch cute animal videos ever again, because this is the end of the line, folks. Watch this now, then set fire to your computer. The internet no longer has a purpose.
[Ed.: Megan Rascal wrote this part while Steve was posting the video, so we thought, Let’s combine their powers and make a super-post!]
Can you stand it? Happy little baby sloths! But they weren’t always this happy; these poor guys are all from broken homes. They are like really, really slow Orphan Annies. These are all residents at the Aviaros Sloth Sanctuary, which was created to protect and rehabilitate the sloths of the Costa Rica. It’s a sloth orphanage, an education center and did I mention the SLOTHPITAL? That’s what they call their sloth hospital and I approve. Now for the best news: they have a little hotel in the middle of the sanctuary where you can actually stay and eat breakfast with the orphaned baby sloths! You’ll be eating your soy yogurt, they’ll be eating their soy yogurt—it’s a goddamn (non-racist) Disney movie! (it might still be racist, I don’t know, I’m not a scientist)
They also have a volunteer program where one of your duties is “sloth wrangling”—um, everybody say goodbye to Megan Rascal because I think I’ve found my calling! I can’t believe I spent all that time in “college” when I could have been “sloth wrangling.” WTF!
This video isn’t just adorable, there’s a neat story behind it too (that’s right, NEATO!). The video comes from frog-enthusiast Lucy Cooke. She is filmmaker traveling around Latin America in an effort to save struggling frog populations from a killer fungus. I did not make this up! But why is she taking pictures of sloths? She thought you might ask: “Well, I’ve realised that frogs have a bit of PR problem and are not as popular as they deserve to be given how diverse, funny and amazing they are. So I’ve decided to pimp out the sloths to try and save the frogs.” Pimping out Peter to pay Paul (that’s our new favorite phrase! Try using it in a sentence tomorrow)! You can read more about her project and about her trip to the sloth sanctuary on her blog.
Steve says: Wait, there’s a BLOG with more sloth videos? OK, internet. You might still have some life left in you after all.
Damn, babygirl! Looking good! Sike, it’s a boy. Ha! But seriously, is that not the prettiest bird you’ve ever seen? It’s a quetzal, my new favorite animal (though the sea otter is still my spirit animal, duh)! The Eco Preservation Society is totally trying to get us to go to Costa Rica to try and see this birdie in real life. OMG can you imagine!
They also gave us a little background on the quetzal:
"Salvin, the first European ever to record an observation of the bird, noted it was ‘unequaled for splendour among the birds of the New World,’ then he promptly shot it."
DOWNER. But quetzal are still around, and still looking fly. Check out the article for more pics and more history of the fanciest birdie in the Americas.
[Photo by Flickr user brettocop]