Two-toed sloths Just hanging around
Type mammal
Size 60cm
Weight 8kg
Diet omnivore
  • Summary
  • Dietary
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • This unusual leaf-eating animal spends most of its solitary life hanging upside down from the forest canopy. Sloths eat, sleep, breeds and nurses their young in this position but you can also see them sitting in the fork of a tree. The hair flows back from the head and as the animal is almost constantly upside down, the body hair lies from belly to back so that the rain will run off.

    Fun fact - sloths are actually much better at swimming than walking, using their strong fore feet to propel themselves through the water, although they spend almost all of their time in the trees.

  • The two-toed sloth is an omnivore and eats leaves, fruits, and occasionally insects. At Bristol Zoo their diet is a salad of fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Toe-toed sloths live in the tropical rainforest of South America. They can be found hanging upside down high in the forest canopy. 

    species range map

  • Being so slow moving, sloths are unable to escape if an area of forest is felled for agriculture or timber. They are often killed during logging operations. Little is known about their total population, but the forest in which they prefer to live is under significant threat.

    Red List Status Least Concern

    Red List Status Least Concern

    IUCN Red List species link


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