Americas

Pygmy sloth climbing

The nations of South and Central America and the Caribbean are among the most biodiverse regions on Earth, with landscapes ranging from tropical rainforests to arid deserts and snow-capped mountains. The region’s irreplaceable ecosystems provide a wealth of free services and resources for people across the continent. However, its immense biodiversity is under threat from habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change. 

ZSL’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean focuses on building on-the-ground capacity to secure the future of some of the region’s most unique and threatened species, including the pygmy sloth in Panama and the Dominican mountain chicken. 

Mountain chicken frog

Chytrid fungus is threatening populations of unique Caribbean amphibians,...

Pygmy sloth climbing

The unique and critically endangered pygmy sloth is the world’s slowest...