Sloth Fun Facts

Did You Know, There is estimated amount of only 79 remaining Three Toed Pygmy Sloths. The three-toed pygmy sloth is critically endangered and they are listed on the world’s 100 most threatened species!

There are six living species of tree sloth, they are split between two very different families: the three-fingered (Bradypus) and the two-fingered (Choloepus). Each species with their own unique evolutionary traits.

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Sloths can hang inverted up to 90% of the day. Sloths have a specialized esophagus that allows them to swallow without choking & a circulatory adaptation that prevent blood from rushing to their head while upside down. That’s how sloths can eat, sleep & give birth hanging upside down from trees!

Sloths may move sloth but they are not lazy; they move at a measured and calculate pace. Sloths have very little muscle mass and their predominantly leaf-based diet provides few calories, so burning energy is saved for emergency purposes only. In the wild, everything about sloths is geared towards saving energy & avoiding detection from predators. As we can see in this video, in a protected and enclosed environment sloths will show off their speed!

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Growing Up

A baby sloth will stay with its mother for a full 12 months, during which time it learns all of the essential skills required to survive in the wild. As well as drinking milk, baby sloths will begin to sample leaves from around their mother’s mouth from as early as 1 week old. This process teaches the baby exactly which tree species are safe to eat.