Friday, October 20, 2017 written by Mika Miller
Today is International Sloth Day and there’s only two weeks before our sloths will be visible to the public! We are thrilled to be welcoming two Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths into our family.
Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths are nocturnal, and they sleep around 15-18 hours a day! While this might seem like laziness, it is actually an adaptation of sorts. Because sloths don’t move much, they don’t expend a lot of energy so they don’t have to eat as often as if they moved a lot. Kind of like putting an electronic device on low power mode so the battery lasts longer! Another benefit of not eating a lot is that Sloths only have to “relieve themselves” about once a week. Sloths are vulnerable to predators when they relieve themselves because they need to come down to the forest floor. So doing it as little as possible is a huge benefit. When they do relieve themselves they lose close to 30% of their body weight!
The Aquarium will be home to one female and one male Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths who will be visible to the public starting Friday, November 3! After these sloths lost their home in Guyana due to deforestation, they were taken to a rehabilitation center. Experts there determined they were non-releasable, and the sloths found a home here at the Aquarium. Our sloths will be living in the large aviary in our Journey to South America gallery. So make sure you come by to see them.