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.
hours a day spent sleeping
average lifespan in captivity
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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