San Diego Zoo Welcomes Delivery of a Linné’s Two-toed Sloth

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 4, 2022) — The San Diego Zoo has introduced the start of a Linné’s two-toed sloth at the Zoo’s new Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. The child sloth, a feminine, was born June 25 to mom Xena (pronounced Zee-na), who was born on the Zoo in 2013 and is likely one of the Zoo’s hottest Rady wildlife ambassadors. Wildlife care specialists report that the younger sloth is doing effectively, instinctively clinging to her mom, nursing and gaining energy every day.  


“We’re thrilled and honored to have this child sloth in our care” stated Clint Lusardi, wildlife care supervisor, San Diego Zoo. “She was a big child at start and is creating shortly. She began consuming stable meals on day three which is often not seen till day ten.” Lusardi added, “Xena is taking glorious care of her child because it continues to develop and thrive each day. Our crew of wildlife care specialists have been interacting with Xena and the newborn from day one and we’re proud to slowly begin introducing the baby to our friends, giving them the prospect to find out about this wonderful species”


Native to the tropical and cloud forests of Central and South America, sloths are slow-moving, nocturnal creatures that spend nearly their total life the wrong way up within the timber. They eat, sleep, mate, and provides start from this place, utilizing their curved, sharp claws to hold onto the tree branches.

Sloths have lengthy had a status for being lazy. The rationale they transfer so slowly has lots to do with what they eat: quite a lot of leaves, stems, buds and a few fruit. Because of the low dietary worth of their leafy weight loss plan, sloths often transfer at a leisurely tempo and sleep an ideal deal, on the lookout for meals at evening.

This child sloth has spent the previous month bonding with its mother. She will nurse for about six months, she started consuming stable meals at only a few days previous and was hanging the wrong way up on her personal at round 25 days of age. As wildlife ambassadors for his or her species, friends may even see Xena and her child throughout a wildlife presentation on the Rady Ambassador Presentation Space in Wildlife Explorers Basecamp or throughout an Unique VIP Expertise—a particular five-hour, upgraded Zoo tour.

The start of this sloth was a results of a breeding suggestion from the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), designed to assist keep a wholesome assurance inhabitants of this species. Linné’s two-toed sloths are categorised as a species of Least Concern on the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Purple Listing of Threatened Species. Threats to sloths embrace deforestation and different types of habitat destruction, in addition to human-made threats together with energy traces and roads.

 Now by way of Sept. 5, Nighttime Zoo gives friends the prospect to discover the Zoo at evening and see an array of wildlife from a special perspective, take pleasure in dwell leisure, uncover particular culinary treats and extra. Nighttime Zoo additionally gives explorers of all ages the prospect to see the brand new Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. This 3.2-acre atmosphere blends immersive expertise with alternatives to take a look at extraordinary wildlife species. For extra info on Nighttime Zoo and how one can be an ally for wildlife, go to

Picture taken on Aug. 2, 2022 by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

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