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 was accompanied by photos and a video that quickly went viral, ...

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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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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 ...

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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 to access and Read Post

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/fee.1955 Read Post

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 SloCo target conservation of sloths in the ...

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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 that doesn’t mean that ...

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The Perfect Gift Ideas for Sloth Lovers!

Looking for the perfect gift for the sloth lover in your life?

Look no further - we have you covered! Our selection of sloth-themed ...

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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 the consequences of their actions, and ...

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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 story for the media? This can be incredibly dangerous for the conservation of a species, ...

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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? As humans, can we raise that baby in a way that equips it with the survival ...

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You can help sloths today!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
In celebration of Earth Day 2019, we have created a list of 7 simple ...

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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 Read Post

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 much as possible about the wildlife that ...

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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 ...

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Endangered Sloths - how can YOU help?

This week we are commemorating Endangered Species Day by taking a closer look at the two types of sloth that are currently threatened with extinction. There has never been a more important time for conservation ...

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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 animals – not domesticated pets. These wild ...

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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 that once existed? Just 6 species Read Post

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 the globe as tourists, but here we want to highlight a particular ...

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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 ...

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Planting 100 trees in a morning

A family comes together to plant trees

Last week chief sloth botanist and director of the Connected Gardens Project  Read Post