Kara: Sloths have captured the hearts of many people, and rightfully so! They are such unique and interesting animals. The downside of this popularity is the rising threat of the illegal pet trade. Because of their slow and docile nature, sloths are easy to grab out of trees and sell as pets. This is damaging to their populations in the wild. Not to mention sloths need specific foods, environments and enrichment, which makes caring for them a round-the-clock job.
Sloths, like other wild animals, do not make good pets. Make sure you do your research before bringing an animal home.
Denny: For anyone interested in working with sloths, my best advice is to spend time watching them. Since sloths sleep most of the day, videos are a great way to observe their behavior and learn about them. Also, visit zoos that care for sloths! Many zoos have animal ambassador sloths, which keepers can bring out for up-close encounters with visitors.
Kara: We are extremely fortunate as keepers to be able to form bonds with our animals, get to know their personalities and quirks, and take care of some of the coolest animals on the planet!
Slow down and check out southern two-toed sloths in the Zoo’s mobile game, Zoo Guardians! Zoo Guardians is free* to download and play on Apple and Android devices.
Please note Small Mammal House and Amazonia are temporarily closed as a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. See what amazing animals are on exhibit when you plan your visit!
*In-app purchases are available.