Paignton Zoo is home to one Linne’s two-toed sloth: a male called Mo who arrived in July 2023. You can find Mo hanging out at his home in the Tropical Trails exhibit.
This tree-dwelling mammal is also known as the southern two-toed sloth, unau, or Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth. They are native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America.
These tree-dwelling creatures are famous for their laid-back lifestyle, spending almost all of their time in the trees, even feeding, sleeping and giving birth at height. In fact, they only come down to the ground to go to the toilet or move to a new tree.
The curved claws of a sloth allow them to hang safely from branches without using too much energy. This is just as well as their leaf based diet and extremely slow digestion (it takes around 2 weeks for a sloth to digest a meal) means that they don’t have the energy to do anything at speed.
Linne’s two-toed sloths are currently listed as of least concern on the IUCN Red List. However, their numbers are rapidly declining in the wild due to habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.