Happy International Sloth Day!
Published October 19, 2013
Today is the 4th annual International Sloth Day!
Created by the AIUNA Foundation, International Sloth Day aims to bring awareness to illegal trafficking and the mistreatment of sloths in Central and South America. AIUNA is a nonprofit located in Medellin, Colombia focused on the rehabilitation and release of sloths injured by power lines, hit by cars or sold illegally.
Here at the Aquarium, we have four Linne's two-toed sloths that live in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit! With two claws on the front feet and three on the back, Linne’s two-toed sloths are designed for an arboreal life. They move through the tree branches and even mate and give birth while hanging upside down!
Did you know? Sloth babies, like our newest addition Camden, will cling to their moms for their first year of life! During that time, their moms teach them all about being a sloth - from what to eat to how to navigate the tree tops!
Want to learn even more about these fascinating animals? Check out our infographic:
How are YOU celebrating International Sloth Day? Tell us in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook!