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 remain, 4 three-fingered sloth species in the Bradypodidae family and 2 species of two-fingered sloth in the Megalonychidae family. Yet the fossil record records over 50 sloth species spread over eight different families! These include the giant ground sloths which could reach over 7 meters in height!
With over 1 million species now threatened with extinction, the loss of biodiversity now poses as much danger to life on Earth as climate change does. Click here to learn more about the endangered species of sloth and how you can help to save them from extinction!