Two-toed sloth hanging upside down from tree branch.
ANIMALS

Two-toed Sloth

At A Glance

  • Conservation Status: Stable
  • ZOO ZONE: Elephant Odyssey

    Linné’s two-toed sloths live in the trees in tropical and cloud forests of Central and South America. They make their way along branches slowly but surely, hanging by their 3- to 4-inch-long curved claws. Their slow-motion lifestyle has a lot to do with the relatively low nutritional value of what they eat—mostly leaves, stems, buds, and some fruit—which they digest slowly through a large, four-chambered stomach, like a cow. At the Zoo, guests can visit our sloth exhibit in Elephant Odyssey, and they can occasionally see our two-toed sloth animal ambassadors making special appearances. One of them, Xena, gave birth to a baby in April 2019—and the two can be seen at the Africa Rocks stage on Sundays at 11 a.m., or during privately booked tours available several times a week. Because mom and baby are still bonding, these appearances are not guaranteed, but more are planned for the future.

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