Baby news!

BIAZA zoos play a significant role in helping ensure the survival of some of the world’s rarest animals.

And this Love Your Zoo Week, we’re very excited to announce we’ve had another baby sloth born at DZC!

Linne’s Two-toed sloths, Flo and Reggie, welcomed their second offspring two weeks ago, making one year-old Button a big sister!

The baby can currently be spotted snuggled into mum’s chest and keepers are busy thinking of a name for our newest arrival.

Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens, said: “We’re really happy to have a compatible breeding pair and to welcome another lovely baby.

“The baby is alert and just like first time around, Flo is taking motherhood all in her stride. We’ve spotted Reggie coming over for a sniff of the baby, while Button is keeping herself to herself at the moment, but we’ve made sure she has a few extra treats, now she’s a big sister!”

Sloths give birth while hanging upside down, with the baby instinctively crawling on to mum’s stomach where it will remain for at least six months.

We don’t yet know the sex of the baby, but as soon as we do, we’ll be able to officially record the details on the global ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) database, which is an online record of their health, care and wellbeing.

Native to the tropical forests of northern South America, sloths are decreasing in number, due to habitat loss and predators.