Enjoy life in the slow lane 

Native to South America, Linne’s two-toed sloths live in lowland tropical forests and spend almost all of their time in the trees. Known as the most relaxed animal in the rainforest, sloths spend up to 15 hours a day sleeping and the rest of the day eating. A sloth’s full stomach can make up two thirds of its body weight! You can see our sloths in Cloud Forest where they live alongside the Andean bears and bush dogs. 

Animal facts

Key facts about the Linne's two-toed sloth

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I’m found in South America 

Sloths are found in South America’s lowland and tropical forests.

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My favourite food is leaves 

Sloths are omnivores and mostly eat buds, fruits and leaves but also enjoy insects and small lizards.

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I come down from the trees once a week to poo! 

A diet with low energy production and high digestion times means that sloths typically go to the toilet once a week.

15

hours a day spent sleeping

30

average lifespan in captivity

4-8kg

average weight

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Slow but successful 

Whilst sloths spend a large amount of their day eating, their diet isn’t very nutritious. They eat a lot of leaves and fruits that don’t provide much energy and take a long time to digest – sometimes up to a month. 

The slow life of the sloth also allows an entire ecosystem of algae, fungi, moths and insects to live in their fur. Especially during wet season, when the air is more humid, their fur can support a range of life. So, whilst their lifestyle might seem lazy, sloths actually provide the perfect home for other important species! 

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