Oct 20

Celebrate International Sloth Day With Us On October 22nd!

by Staff

Guests are invited to come hang out at Jambo Junction and help us celebrate International Sloth Day. Activities will be held next to Harry the sloth’s habitat.

Sloths are part of a group of animals called Xenarthrans, which also include anteaters and armadillos. There are two species of two-toed sloths and four species of three-toed sloths in the world—that’s a lot of toes! Sloths can be found high in the trees where they spend about 20 hours resting, 8 hours of which can be sleeping. They are herbivores and love to eat leaves, fruits and vegetables, with occasional insects or eggs. Sloths come down out of the trees only once or twice a week to urinate and defecate.

Earlier this year, Busch Gardens celebrated the birth of two baby sloths: Koda, a male Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, was born on March 24, and Yiscel, a female Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, was born a few days later on April 2.

Now at six months old, both babies are healthy, active, and practicing climbing on their own. They are also trying out new foods: Yiscel’s favorite foods include mango and sweet potato; Koda seems to prefer papaya and cooked carrots.

The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports projects like the Asociacion Panamericana Para la Conservacion (APPC) in Panama. Sloths in the wild can be located close to human areas and are at risk of habitat loss, being hit by traffic, or taken illegally for the pet trade. The APPC rescues, rehabilitates, and releases many wildlife species, including sloths, armadillos, anteaters and monkeys. Check out the recent Facebook live video we did earlier today in Panama below. Our zoo team is currently down there helping out the organization.