Sloth (Linne’s Two-Toed) / Choloepus

Did you know...

Sloths usually only venture to the ground when they need to go to the toilet, which is usually only once every five days!!

Sloths are unique as they spend most of their lives upside down!

Sloths are not the most energetic of creatures and can spend more than 15 hours a day sleeping!

If you are wondering just how slow they move, it is about three metres per minute when they are in the trees and even slower on the ground!

Sloths originate from Central and South America.

Their razor sharp, long claws make it difficult to walk on the floor so they spend most of their time hanging around high up in trees.

Their internal organs, such as heart, spleen and liver are all specifically positioned to enable sloths to eat, sleep and even give birth hanging upside down.

Linne’s sloths are primarily herbivores. and have a very low energy diet.  Their diet mainly consists of berries, leaves, small twigs, fruits and other vegetation, complemented with small prey such as insects. The typical matter of feeding is harvesting leaves with their lips. At the Zoo, our Sloth has a daily diet comprising of carrot, parsnip, butternut squash, broccoli and cauliflower.

All this sleeping and moving very slowly helps a Sloth to conserve as much energy as possible.

In the wild the biggest problem threatening the future of sloth populations is the rapidly expanding human population. In the wild, Sloths are falling victim to habitat loss occurring throughout South and Central America.