Two-toed sloths Just hanging around
Type mammal
Size 60cm
Weight 8kg
Diet ominvore

Two-toed sloth

Choloepus didactylus
  • Summary

    This unusual leaf-eating animal spends most of its solitary life hanging upside down from the forest canopy. Sloths eat, sleep, breed and nurse their young in this position but you can also see them sitting in the fork of a tree. Their 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 even though they spend almost all of their time in the trees. They use their strong fore feet to propel themselves through the water. 

  • Dietary

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

  • Habitat

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

  • Conservation

    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.

    IUCN Red List species link

  • Did you know...

    You can find our sloths in the South American mixed species exhibit which they share with our black howler monkeys and armadillos.

    The mix of different species is enriching to the animals. All three species get on very well and they are active at different times of the day (our sloths are nocturnal), and they share space as they would in the wild.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our two-toed sloths inside Monkey Jungle, where they share an enclosure with the armadillos and black howler monkeys


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