Sloth-lovers, your day is about to get so much better. Pack your cozy PJs, because it's now possible to attend a slumber party with a gang of adorable sloths.
The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainier, Oregon, has a sloth sleepover program where you and 15 other sloth fans can spend a night with the slow-moving animals. For $600, you'll gain access to a two-person tent as well as a Q&A session, according to the program's website. You'll also get to observe and gently pet a colony of sloths during their most "active" time of day. As an added bonus, you'll receive a free "I Slept With A Sloth" T-shirt, so there's that.
Because of how delicate the sloths are, the sleepover package comes with a handful of strict rules: No talking, no noise, and no videos are allowed (but photos are OK). Children younger than 16 are also required to have parent or guardian with them. And you won't be able to hold the sloths, as the conservation center has noted that it causes "acute detrimental effects" to the animals.
For a shorter, cheaper, and less intense sloth encounter, you can also sign up for a $100 hour-long session with the sloths and their handlers during the day, where you'll be able to feed and pet their "Ambassador Sloths."
Rainier's Sloth Center, with support from the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Center, sustains the largest population of long-term, actively reproducing captive adult sloths in North America, according to the center's website. They aim to educate visitors about rain forest annihilation and threats to their inhabitants, including sloths. Pygmy sloths, for example, were down to 72 animals in 2013; extinction is a very real and serious problem.
So next time you're in Oregon, take a chance to see these precious sloths up close—it's sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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