Meeting my spirit animal


I didn’t have many plans prior to coming to Panama on what I wanted to do. Since I had never been, I was pretty open to anything. There was only one thing I knew I had to do. I wanted to see some sloths. Nancy always says manatees are her spirit animal, mine are sloths. An animal that moves extremely slow and all it wants to do is eat and sleep, yeah, definitely my spirit animal.

The recent wedding we went to was in the Volcan area of Panama. It’s about an hour and a half away from where we were staying so we got an AirBnB in the area to save time on the morning of the wedding. I researched the area and found Raquel’s Ark, an animal shelter 10 minutes from our place. They had sloths that we could hold! I knew exactly what we were doing after we checked out.

Raquel runs this sanctuary out of her home, it’s also an AirBnb which helps supplement her sanctuary.  She also takes donations which all goes into the care and feeding of her animals.

There was another couple there that Raquel was giving a tour to but she asked us if we wanted to hold the sloths, I told her that’s the reason we were there and within a minute of arriving, we had sloths in our arms!

Meet Jessie and Kira, they are male 9 year old sloths that have been at the sanctuary since they were babies.
I’m holding Kira, who’s the love bug and The Brit has Jessie, the big boy.

Jessie wanted down from The Brit’s arms so I reluctantly gave up Kira and we proceeded with the rest of our tour. Since Raquel was giving a tour to others, she had her stand in, a 10 year old little girl name Camille give us one. She didn’t speak English but Arran speaks Spanish. So we didn’t get as many details on the animals as we would have liked but we did see some amazing things in this small tour, there was a jaguar, a weasel, a raccoon, lots of coatimundi, and the heart stealing monkeys!

Due to the slow internet, I can’t load as many photos as I want. I’m going to do a second post with more photos and even some video but I couldn’t wait to post about our trip until we had better internet.

I thought the sloths were going to be the highlight but Raquel let us into the monkey cage and we played with monkeys for about an hour. They weren’t shy at all. As soon as we walked in, they were literally jumping on us. The monkeys literally stole my heart. I loved the sloths but was so much fun playing with the monkeys.

The monkeys using us as a jungle gym.
If they climbed up my back they used my hair as a rope, I didn’t mind. Look at that face!

Raquel has spider monkeys, howler monkeys and a white faced capuchin which was the mischievous one. We took loads and loads of photos and videos but it’s been difficult to get these loaded. We are going to take his brothers and sister back to the sanctuary today, they are dying to go, especially after seeing our pics so will do a part 2 with more pics when I can.

BTW, one of the monkeys peed on me…a lot while sitting on my shoulder. Trickled down my arm and to my leg. Raquel says I was baptized, lol. Thank goodness we had our suitcases in the car, lol.


I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

4 thoughts on “Meeting my spirit animal

  • February 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Were the sloths heavy? I am so envious! Now I need to plan a trip to swim with manatees to be cool like you.

    • February 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

      I only carried the little one because Jessie didn’t enjoy being held as much as Kira. Kira was pretty light and they wrap their legs around you so you’re not carrying all of their weight anyway.

  • February 27, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Kira is adorable! Love the monkeys! And the ‘blessing’ it bestowed upon you. LMAO!

    • February 28, 2019 at 4:07 am

      Those monkeys sure love to bless people, one also got Arran’s little brother. His other brother left the cage because he didn’t want to be blessed but it was worth staying longer.


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