Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth

Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth awake at Wingham Wildlife Park


18 to 34 inches with a weight of 8 to 19 lbs.

Habitat and Distribution

Rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Guyana, Suriname & Venezuela.


20 to 30 years.


These are herbivores feeding on a variety of fruits and leaves.

Groups and Breeding

Sloths do not pair for life and spend much of their time apart however after mating they go through a gestation of around 6 months.  Generally they will give birth to a single baby.


The IUCN Red List classes them as least concern however they do face a wide variety of risks (caused by humans), which include deforestation and death / injury from vehicles with many major roads now passing through many parts of their range.

Interesting facts

These animals do not often go to the toilet, with food taking anything from 6 to 21 days to pass through their digestive system.