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ABout Sloth

ONE OF THE WORLD’S SLOWEST MOVING MAMMALS, MANY PEOPLE THINK SLOTHS ARE LAZY. IN FACT, THEIR SUPER-SLOW SPEED IS AN IMPORTANT ADAPTATION THAT HELPS THEM SURVIVE.

Sloths keep a gentle pace to help them go unseen by predators, such as harpy eagles and jaguars, who watch for moving prey when they hunt. But these adorable animals take leisure to the next level, moving slow enough for algae and fungi to grow on their fur, creating micro-biomes of life.

Who’s at the Zoo

Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth and Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth

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FACTS & COUNTERS
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Average Size
21-29 inches head and body length; weigh 10-20 pounds
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Native Region
Central and South America
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Eating Habits
Leaves, stems, buds, and fruits
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Conservation Status
Least concern
A New Home for Rescued Sloths

Several rescued sloths from Panama now call Indianapolis home. Hear from Area Manager Meagan Keen, who assisted at the wildlife rescue center and sanctuary where the sloths were rehabilitated.

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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
Through Labor Day, find sloths at our new MISTery Park
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Animal Amigo
Sponsor a Sloth

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $50 or more, you can sponsor a sloth at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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