Why Are Sloths So Slow?

When you imagine a sloth, you probably think of a simple, lazy creature that does very little other than sleep all day. In fact, you might wonder how such an animal survives in the wild ...

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Why Do Sloths Really Poop on the Ground?

Sloths are famous for their unusual and bizarre bathroom habits. Both two-fingered (Choloepus) and three-fingered (Bradypus) sloths will only defecate once a week, and for some strange reason they will only do it on the ...

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Sloth Deformities – A Genetic Study

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica have now received 9 orphaned baby sloths showing birth defects and other institutions such as the Jaguar Rescue Centre are reporting a similar trend. The affected ...

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Here's Why Sloths Do Not Make Good Pets

A while ago, the internet went crazy over the story of a five-month-old baby girl and her best friend: a pet sloth. The story is accompanied by undeniably adorable photos and a video that has ...

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Mitigating the Squash Effect: Sloths Breathe Easily Upside Down

Sloths are known to spend a significant amount of their time hanging vertically upside down, yet no one has ever discovered how they manage this. If we were to stand on our heads for several ...

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Sloth Conservation: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

Sloth populations across South and Central America, like many other animals, are under threat from unprecedented levels of habitat loss. There is no way to escape the fact that 1...

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The Pygmy Sloths of Panama

The Pygmy sloths of Panama are considered to be one of the world’s most critically endangered mammals with the last official population count identifying only 79 individuals. Beyond the original description of the species we ...

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Sloths Like It Hot

Sloths Like It Hot: ambient temperature modulates food intake in the brown-throated sloth (Bradypus Variegatus) During this study we measured exact levels of food intake in three-fingered sloths and investigated how these levels ...

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The Power of Education

Welcome to our first official blog post for The Sloth Conservation Foundation - and just in time for International Sloth Day which we celebrated on October 20th. One of the most important things for us ...

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How can I get a job with sloths?

“Your job is amazing”, “How can I get a job like that?”, “I want to be a sloth scientist” These are the usual responses I get when I tell people that ...

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CALL TO ACTION - the sloth "sanctuary" of Oregon

A recent media splash advertising “sloth sleepovers” has drawn our attention to the alleged “Sloth Sanctuary” in Portland, Oregon. ...

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Update: Sloth Research, Conservation and Life in the Slow Lane

2017 has been an eventful year so far with new sloth research as well as the launch of our coffee-table book - with proceeds going towards supporting ...

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Why did the sloth cross the road?

For many species, the construction of a road slicing through the forest is an unwelcome inconvenience. Animals that can leap, such as monkeys, may be able to traverse the gap in the forest canopy without ...

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Do you think you are stronger than a sloth?

Do you think you are stronger than a sloth? Probably. Sloths are often perceived as being simple, lazy animals that do little other than sleep all day. In fact, you might ...

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Gifts That Give Back

Shopping for the sloth lover in your life? Look no further! We can provide you with the perfect gift that will not only bring a smile to someone’s face, but will save a sloth ...

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The Male Sloth Speculum

  We often receive reports of sloths that have been severely burnt or attacked with machetes as they are spotted with what appears to be a horrifying injury on the upper back. What looks like ...

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Starving to death on a full stomach

There is a reason why sloths are only found in neotropical rainforests - because the weather is warm, humid and relatively stable all year round. Sloths are unable to regulate their own body temperatures like ...

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Is Costa Rica really the best place in the world to see sloths?

If you want to see sloths in the wild, a quick google search will definitively point you in the direction of Costa Rica. With its abundance of wildlife (boasting 5% of the worlds biodiversity), assorted ecosystems (...

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Sloth Island, Guyana: in pursuit of the pale-throated sloth!

Hiding deep within the remote jungles of South America, there is an elusive and commonly overlooked species of sloth clinging onto survival. The pale-throated sloths are perhaps the most striking of all the sloth species, ...

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