Appearance: Linné’s two-toed sloths are slow-moving, nocturnal creatures that spend most of their life upside down in the trees. They are the only mammals whose hair grows in the opposite direction. The hair parts in the middle of the belly and grows upward toward the back; the hair on the face points upwards too, which allows water to run off during rainstorms!

Habitat: They live in trees of tropical and cloud forests of Central and South America.

Family Life: Linné’s two-toed sloths live a life of solitary. Sloth youngsters stay with their mothers for six months to two years. Once they depart from their mother, they inherit a part of the home range left by the mother.

Threats: Threats include deforestation and habitat destruction. 

Linné's Two-Toed Sloth

Class: Mammalia (Mammals)

Order: Pilosa

Family: Megalonychidae

Genus: Choloepus

Species: Didactylus

Status: Stable

Number of Sloths at the Zoo: 1 adult

Lifespan: Up to 20 years in the wild, 30 to 40 years in managed care

Diet: Herbivore


Slow Moving

Sloths are the slowest moving mammals in the world!

Hidden in plain sight

Alage grows on their fur, providing camouflage that helps sloths blend into the rainforest canopy.

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