Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth

Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth awake at Wingham Wildlife Park

Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth Natural History

Size

18 to 34 inches (86 cm) with a weight of 8 to 19 lbs (8.6 kg).

Habitat and Distribution

This species inhabits the rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Guyana, Suriname & Venezuela.

Age

They have a lifespan of between 20 to 30 years.

Diet 

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.

Threats

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.

The Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth During Your Day Out in Kent

Our Linnaeus two toed sloths share an enclosure with southern three banded armadillo, southern tamandua, Senegal bush babies and a plantain squirrel upstairs in the chimpanzee house.