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Linne’s two-toed sloth

Choloepus didactylus

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Pilosa
Family: Choloepodidae

Paignton Zoo is home to two Linne’s two-toed sloths: a male called Mo who arrived in July 2023, and a female named Ria (currently in quarantine) who arrived in November 2023. You can find our sloths hanging out in their home in the Tropical Trails exhibit.

This tree-dwelling mammal is also known as the southern two-toed slothunau, 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.

Interesting facts!

  • Linne’s two-toed sloths have been around for an astonishing 65.5 million years.
  • Sloths have a symbiotic relationship with green algae. The algae not only grows on their fur, providing them with a natural camouflage, but it also supplements their diet.
  • Unlike other mammals, sloths have a low body temperature ranging from 24-33°C. This adaptation helps them conserve energy.
  • When a female sloth is ready to breed, she announces it with a distinctive “scream.” This vocalization helps her attract potential mates in the treetops, adding a touch of drama to the sloth’s otherwise serene lifestyle.

Conservation

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.


Adopt a sloth

Adopting a sloth at Paignton Zoo will make a real contribution to the daily care of our sloths and wildlife conservation work across the world.

Our Adoption packs make a fantastic gift for animal lovers of any age. Prices start from as little as £25 per year (that’s less than £3 per month!) with a variety of packs to choose from.