I LIVE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth is a neotropical species that can be found in grasslands, shrublands, and tropical forests in Central and South America.
I AM AN HERBIVORE
This species is mainly herbivorous, with the occasional feeding on insects. Their primary diet consists of leaves, fruit, and green shoots.
TWO-TOED SLOTHS ARE SOLITARY
The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth is a solitary species, and adults tend to spend most of their time alone in the treetops. After giving birth, the female sloth will take care of her young for six months to a year before they go their separate ways.
COOL IN CAMOUFLAGE
The two-toed sloth will often take on a greenish tint during the wet season. This tint is algae that collects in the grooves of the sloth’s fur and helps camouflage the sloth from predators.
HELPING THE TWO-TOED SLOTH IN THE WILD
The two-toed sloth at the Zoo is enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.
I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM
The two-toed sloth helps propagate tropical plants through their fruit diet. Many plants germinate only after they have passed through the sloth, the sloth is often critical in the survival of various tropical plants.