Spooky Sloth Stories For Halloween!

Spooky Sloth stories for Halloween! If iconic villains were replaced with sloths... To celebrate the end of October we have created some spooky Halloween sloths and lis...

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Celebrating International Sloth Day!

Celebrating International Sloth Day! Taking a lazy day to stay in your PJs seems like a fitting way to celebrate the world's slowest moving mammal. However, Internationa...

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl with Team Sloth

Celebrating International Day of the Girl with Team Sloth October 11th is International Day of the Girl. This is a day to recognize the issues that girls face globally a...

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Happy Teacher’s Day! Celebrate it with Sloths

Happy Teacher’s Day! Celebrate it with Sloths Teachers are one of the most important members of any community; without education, we will never develop the tools to ch...

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The HANG IN THERE Challenge

Let's be honest - 2020 is turning out to be an extra-ordinary year for all of the wrong reasons. It has been mentally and financially tough for individuals and organizati...

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Sloth Science and Universal Access to Information

Sloth Science and Universal Access to Information September 28th is The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), a day that, despite this digital a...

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Sloth-friendly tourism: How to help sloths while traveling

Sloth-friendly tourism: How to help sloths while traveling When it comes to tourism, sloths often get the short end of the stick. Sloths are at the top of the list of an...

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Love avocados? Thank the giant ground sloths!

Love avocados? Thank the giant ground sloths! Did you know that we can thank giant ground sloths for the avocados we have today? Giant ground sloths were one of the few ...

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Tales from the Jungle: News and Updates!

Tales from the Jungle: News and updates! I can't believe it is already the end of August! The dwindling days of summer and the time when families would normally start to...

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Sloth Encounter Experiences: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Sloth Encounter Experiences Are you thinking about booking a sloth encounter experience at a zoo or rescue center? Before you book, follow our simple guide below to make...

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The dog days (are never over): Why caring for dogs helps sloths

The dog days (are never over): Why caring for dogs helps sloths Happy International Dog day everyone! While there seems to be a day for quite literally everything right ...

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Five-ton giant sloth lived in Costa Rica seven million years ago!

Five-ton giant sloth lived in Costa Rica seven million years ago! A giant sloth weighing five tons and whose height could exceed twice that of a human being was part of ...

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Behind The Scenes With Sloth Photographer Suzi Eszterhas!

Behind The Scenes With Sloth Photographer Suzi Eszterhas! To be a wildlife photographer you need to have a lot of patience: spending days on end out in the wilderness, g...

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Book Lovers Day! Our 20 favorite nature and animal books

Book Lovers Day! Our 20 favorite nature and animal books Thank goodness for books! Especially in recent times they have become even more treasured and there's so much we...

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Know your Sloth Predators: The Mighty Jaguar

Know your Sloth Predators: The Mighty Jaguar Known for their impressive hunting abilities, jaguars (Panthera onca) are both feared and revered. Weighing a hefty 56-96 kg...

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July on our Social Media

July on our Social Media July 1 - Plastic-free month To start off #plasticfreejuly, we will be giving away a free tote bag with every physical sloth adoption package! ...

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With a little help from my friends: sloths, moths and algae

With a little help from my friends: sloths, moths, and algae Sloths are naturally solitary animals, but they are not all alone up there in the canopy. In fact, sloths ha...

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Sloth Genetics: a surprising twist

Sloth Genetics: a surprising twist Six years ago, SloCo Founder Dr. Rebecca Cliffe launched a major research project into sloth genetics in Costa Rica. She started this ...

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Helping sloths by going plastic-free: 11 daily items you can change today!

Helping sloths by going plastic-free: 11 daily items you can change today! July is plastic-free month. It is an opportunity to reflect on how we can reduce our plastic c...

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8 Facts You (Really) Didn’t Know About Sloths

8 Facts You (Really) Didn’t Know About Sloths The internet is full of ‘facts’ about sloths. You will be surprised to know how much of this information is untrue. ...

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How sloths and people benefit from a plastic-free future

How sloths and people benefit from a plastic-free future You may have heard of or remember a time when milk was delivered in glass bottles to your doorstep. In the span ...

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Genética de perezosos: un giro inesperado

Genética de perezosos: un giro inesperado Hace seis años, la fundadora de SloCo, Dra. Rebecca Cliffe, lanzó un importante proyecto de investigación sobre la genétic...

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Tales from the jungle: June News!

Tales from the Jungle: June News! [caption id="attachment_30512" align="aligncenter" width="612"] The new sloth conservation headquarters (HQ) and tree nursery! Located ...

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Sloths and Cacao: You can have your chocolate cake and eat it too

Sloths and cacao: You can have your chocolate cake and eat it too There comes a point in childhood when we begin to understand the concept of finite resources. The oft-u...

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Getting to know Team Sloth: Meet Patricio (a.k.a. Pato)!

Getting to know Team Sloth: Meet Patricio (a.k.a. Pato)! This month we would like to introduce you to Patricio Silfeni; chief agronomist and manager of the Connected...

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Sloth starts using a wildlife bridge in record time

Sloth starts using a wildlife bridge in record time This video of a three-fingered sloth using a wildlife bridge is the exciting result of the coordinated efforts of man...

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June on our Social Media

June on our Social Media 3 June - World Bicycle Day In this picture you can see our Connected Gardens Project manager, Patricio, riding his bike to deliver some tree sa...

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7 gifts that rainforests give to humanity

7 gifts that rainforests give to humanity One of the things that I love most about the rainforest is its otherness – trees that stretch into the sky, hosting worlds of...

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The Ultimate Sloth Selfie Code

The Ultimate Sloth Selfie Code Would you like to have your photograph taken with a sloth? A sloth selfie for social media? When considering a sloth encounter, the most i...

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The Real Cost of a Cheap Pineapple from Costa Rica

The Real Cost of a Cheap Pineapple from Costa Rica In stores and supermarkets in North America and Europe, you can buy a pineapple for just a couple of dollars. But what...

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How are sloths affected by desertification and drought?

How are sloths affected by desertification and drought? As a child, upon hearing that there is an increase in “desertification” worldwide I probably would have been ...

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Return to the wild: post-release monitoring

Return to the wild: post-release monitoring Two weeks ago, our three newest tracking subjects were released into the Cahuita National Park by the Jaguar Rescue Center (J...

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MAY on our Social Media

MAY on our Social Media 1-Worker´s day May Day, May Day! Today is also known as International Workers' Day, and we want to say THANK YOU to the essential workers who a...

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Tales from the Jungle: May

Tales From the Jungle: May Somehow we are almost half-way through 2020 - a year that is turning out to be remarkable for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully I will be shar...

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Endangered Sloths

Endangered Sloths This week we are celebrating Endangered Species Day by taking a closer look at the two types of sloth that are currently threatened with extinction. Th...

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Giving Back for Giving Tuesday

Giving Back for Giving Tuesday Protecting sloths means protecting people Our sloth conservation programs are based in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica - a region that ...

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April on our Social Media

April on our Social Media April 15 - World Art day Today is World Art Day and we want YOU to get creative! Upload photos of your sloth art in the comments and we will r...

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Tales from the Jungle: April

Tales from the Jungle: April At times like these, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the fear and uncertainty of everything. One of the best ways to combat negative fee...

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Getting to know Team Sloth: Meet Ceci!

Getting to know Team Sloth: Meet Ceci!   What originally led you to the conservation field? "I’ve always been passionate about wildlife ever since I was a child...

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Helping Sloths By Helping Dogs

Saving sloths by sterilizing dogs What do these two have in common?   You might find them both featured in baby animal calendars or filling the feeds of a...

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March On Our Social Media

March On Our Social Media World Wildlife Day - March 3rd Happy #WorldWildlifeDay  the theme this year is "sustaining all life on Earth". All species are dependent on ...

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How is coronavirus affecting sloths?

Are you hanging in there?   It's a bright, sunny morning in Costa Rica and we are all quarantined inside our beautiful jungle homes. We are social distancing...

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Social distancing: learning from sloths

It is an unnerving time. The world watches with baited breath as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread and social distancing becomes the norm. Doubts about the sta...

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day Women's day is celebrated annually on March 8th all over the world. It is a day to celebrate the contributions of women, and we would like to f...

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World Wildlife Day: why do we celebrate this day

World Wildlife Day A Day to Celebrate! World Wildlife Day is the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife. On the 3rd of March in 1973 the Convention on...

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Anteaters: The Sloth's Closest Relative!

Anteaters: The Sloth's Closest Relative! The Xenarthra family What exactly is a sloth? Are they related to bears? Monkeys? Marsupials? No! Sloths are actually part of a...

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Working With Nature

Working With Nature Natural rhythms Many people are drawn to Costa Rica for its “Pura Vida” lifestyle (literally translating as ‘Pure Life’); a motto that remin...

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7 ways you can help sloths today!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” We have created a list of 7 simple things that you can do every ...

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Know your Sloth Predators: The Great Harpy Eagle

Know your Sloth Predators: The Great Harpy Eagle The Harpy Eagle holds the crown as the most powerful eagle in the world - and it also happens to be the sloth's main pre...

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Eating Green to Save Sloths: Why Your Diet Matters

Why your diet matters Have you ever considered that what you choose to eat each day has a direct impact on the welfare and survival of sloths in the wild? By changing yo...

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What Do You Call A Group Of Sloths?

What Do You Call A Group Of Sloths? You have probably heard of a murder of crows. What about a parliament of owls? A shrewdness of apes? A bloat of hippopotamuses? Who c...

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8 Perfect Gifts For People Who Love Sloths

Looking for the perfect gift for the sloth lover in your life? Look no further for sloth gift ideas - we have you covered! Our selection of sloth-themed Gifts that Give ...

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Thank You For A Phenomenal Year

Thank you for a phenomenal year We have had a phenomenal year at The Sloth Conservation Foundation and our success is all down to the kindness and generosity of our supp...

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Sloth Myths: 11 Things You Think You Know About Sloths

Myths About Sloths Although there are tons of sloth myths on the internet coming from self-appointed sloth experts, there are actually very few scientific studies that h...

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Love and Respect for Sloths

Love and Respect for Sloths Do you ever smile when you are anxious? Laugh when you feel uncomfortable? Often, our external appearances can be deceiving. Remember the ...

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The Wildlife Selfie Problem

The Wildlife Selfie Problem Animals all over the world are being exploited for hands-on wildlife encounters. We might think that a photo of us riding an elephant, swimmi...

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10 incredible facts about the sloth

10 incredible facts about the sloth Originally named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins, it's no surprise that sloths have been labelled as the worlds laziest animal...

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Record-breaking bridges for sloths

Record-breaking bridges for sloths! Thanks to the generous support of our donors we have managed to install THREE new Sloth Crossing canopy bridges in the South Caribbea...

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Sloth Problems (and how to solve them)

Sloth Problems (and how to solve them) On October 20th we celebrate International Sloth Day, but this year we decided to launch #SlothWeek - 7 whole days dedicated to th...

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Camera traps fooled by sneaky sloths

Camera traps fooled by sneaky sloths Camera traps and trail cameras are commonly used outdoors for wildlife research and they are now also playing an increasingly imp...

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Sloths and other strange mammals

The typical mammals As mammals, we (almost) all have some traits in common: seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, a relatively constant body temperature of 37°C/98°F,...

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Planting 100 trees in a morning

A family comes together to plant 100 trees Last week chief sloth botanist and director of the Connected Gardens Project met with a local family at their beautiful prop...

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New Sloth Crossing Wildlife Bridges

This month we are delighted to have installed 2 new Sloth Crossing wildlife bridges in the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica! 'Sloth Crossings' are artificial bridg...

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Tourism, selfies and animals: are you travelling responsibly?

Tourism, selfies and animals: are you travelling responsibly? The tourism industry is a huge business. By 2020 it is estimated that 1.5 billion people will be travelling...

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Sloth diversity - Species

This week we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity! Did you know that the sloths we see today only represent a very small amount of the sloth diversity...

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Thinking about a pet sloth?

Sloths are rising in popularity as exotic pets, but please read this information if you are considering getting a pet sloth for yourself! Firstly, sloths are wild an...

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Game of Sloths

This month we decided to combine our love of sloths with our love of Game of Thrones: Introducing the Game of Sloths!For this photo series SloCo graphic designer Cecilia...

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Sloth Education Outreach - YOU can help!

It is hugely important to us that the children who live alongside sloths – the children who will grow up to be responsible for future conservation efforts – know as m...

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Adopt a Sloth for Mother's Day

Sloth fans in the United States - Mother's Day is fast approaching! What better way to show your love and appreciation than by adopting a sloth in your mom's name? We off...

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Releasing hand-reared orphan sloths back into the wild

Releasing hand-reared orphan sloths back into the wild Can an orphan sloth that has been hand-reared in a rescue center survive after being released into the rainforest?...

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Sloths need more than just Cecropia for survival

Sloths need more than just Cecropia for survival Why do scientists sometimes feel the need to jump to extra conclusions, just so that they can have an eye-catching sto...

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Don't Stress the Sloths - a guide to responsible tourism

We are so excited to launch our latest campaign in 2019 - how to enjoy sloths without stressing them out, a guide to responsible sloth tourism! Most people don't realise ...

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Sloths and Palm Oil: how can you help?

The world is waking up to the palm oil crisis that has driven orangutans to the brink of extinction, but is boycotting palm oil really the answer? Unfortunately no, but t...

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Education Outreach

To instigate long-term change, we strongly believe that planting the seeds of knowledge and awareness from an early age are the key to success. Although the missions of S...

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NEWLY PUBLISHED: sloths hanging out for a drink!

Our latest work has just been published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/...

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NEWLY PUBLISHED - the sloths extraordinary metabolic response to temperature!

We are delighted to announce that our latest sloth research paper was published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PeerJ! It is freely available for everyone t...

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The Great Sloth Run - the first ever 5K race to benefit sloth conservation!

We are excited to announce that, together with Pangols and Sloth Relief & Shelters, we are launching the first ever 5K race to benefit sloth conservation - The Great ...

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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 ...

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

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...

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Starving to death on a full stomach

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...

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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 th...

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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...

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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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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...

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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 The Sloth Conserva...

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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. While this centre has been on o...

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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 I’m...

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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...

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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 inta...

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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 indivi...

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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 fac...

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Mitigating the Squash Effect: Sloths Breathe Easily Upside Down

Content warning: Some images in this blog may not be suitable for younger audiences (i.e. images of internal anatomy of sloths) Sloths are known to spend a significant...

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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 was accompanied by photos and a video that q...

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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 s...

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Why Do Sloths Really Poop on the Ground?

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) slo...

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Why Are Sloths So Slow?

Why Are Sloths So Slow? When you imagine a sloth, you probably think of a simple, lazy creature that does little other than sleep all day. In fact, you might wonder how ...

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