Sloth Experience - Feed a Sloth in the UK! 🦥

From £100

Meet a sloth on our sloth feeding experience.

Priced at £100 (or £115 including a day entry ticket) and suitable for ages 10 and up. Your sloth feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.


What’s included in the sloth feeding experience?

– A close up meeting with a sloth

– The opportunity to hand feed a sloth

– Go behind the scenes in the Sloth Forest enclosure

– Sloth keeper Q&A – ask all of your sloth questions

– Souvenir cuddly sloth toy, made with 100% recycled material and filling ♻️

– Personalised experience certificate signed by the keeper

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Please note: Our popular sloth experiences are sold out for weekend dates for 2024 but you can still book for a Wednesday. 2025 dates are now open but don’t hang around (like a sloth!) as these will book quickly too.

What happens on a sloth feeding encounter?

You’ll be welcomed by one of our sloth keepers and after a short briefing, you’ll get the opportunity to hand feed a two toed sloth. This involves feeding her vegetables which she will take from you, if she can be bothered…she is a sloth after all!

Did you know sloths generally only poo once a week?

Whilst you’re behind the scenes in the Sloth Forest enclosure, meeting our sloth, you can ask our knowledgeable sloth keepers all your sloth questions.

Hanging out with our sloths…

Now comes the bit you’ve been waiting for. You’ll get to have a close encounter with our sloth. Sloths are naturally lazy animals so she may take some persuading to come and say hi but she’ll probably be more than happy to let you hand feed her veggies whilst she lies on her back in her cosy boxes. You’ll be able to get some great close-up photos of our sloth and you might even be able to get a cheeky sloth selfie!

Your sloth feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes, probably longer though, she’s a sloth after all. You can’t rush a sloth! It includes a souvenir cuddly toy sloth to take home so you can remember this very special experience and makes a fantastic gift for sloth-mad children and adults alike.

Can I hug a sloth?

Nope. But you do get to hang out with our sloth! If you’re looking for where to hug a sloth in the UK, then this isn’t the experience for you. We don’t encourage human contact with our animals. It’s fine to offer food for her to take but if she isn’t interested in feeding then we’d never force her.

How does taking part in a sloth feeding experience help Folly Farm’s animals?

By taking part in sloth feeding encounters, or by adopting a sloth, at Folly Farm you’re supporting our conservation work. Whether it’s our breeding programmes, our education initiatives or through the work with our conservation partners.

Need to know

Sloth Forest is not just home to our two toed sloth, it also houses some snakes and there are free-flying birds among the sloths. If you are nervous around free-flying birds or you don’t like the thought of seeing snakes (not free-slithering, they’re safely behind glass!) then this experience is perhaps not for you.

Sloth experiences must be pre-booked well in advance as there’s only one session available for a maximum of two people from the same household. Sloth experiences only take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Thank you for your understanding.

Our sloth experience is only suitable for those aged 10 or over.

We’re sorry but due to the layout of this enclosure and the sloth being at height, this experience is not suitable for wheelchair users. Perhaps check out our other animal experiences which are wheelchair accessible.

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Sloth experience reviews...

"We had a wonderful time at Folly Farm. Meeting Button the sloth was for me like meeting my favourite rock star in person. Totally unforgettable. We loved how close we were able to get to the rest of the animals too. Great care is obviously taken over their welfare, and staff very helpful, friendly and informative. We will definitely be back."

Beverley Thorne, Kent, 07 March 2024

"Booked this for my fiancé's 40th. It was a really amazing experience."

Craig Rankin, Kilmarnock, 03 March 2024

"We had the sloth experience with Button. The whole experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish. It was so wonderful to be up so close to Button and feed her breakfast, definitely unforgettable. Rosie the keeper was so lovely, she was so jolly and showed her great love of sloths and gave us some amazing facts. Highly recommended and we will be back to enjoy this experience again."

Eloise and Jane Marks, Newport, 02 March 2024

"Daughter and I loved the experience and was supper happy Button came out for a feed and we we’re able to feed her quite a bit. Kim was amazing throughout the whole experience."

Kelly Coslett, Kidwelly, 24 February 2024

"Fantastic experience! Being a mega sloth fan it was incredible to be up close and personal. The team were fab and really knowledgeable. And of course Button was fab and very adorable!"

Owen Nankivell, Carmarthen, 18 February 2024

"Keeper Rosie was an absolute pleasure to be with during our sloth feeding experience and she is very clearly passionate about her job. We participated in the sloth feeding experience after waiting an entire year after booking at it was the wait! We love Folly Farm as a day out after participating in the giraffe experience last year with keeper Callum, also a pleasure to be with! We will be back soon!"

Mel Walsh, Cwmbran, 14 February 2024

"I received this zoo experience for my birthday as I love sloths, it was amazing to get close to these beautiful animals and I look forward to visiting again soon."

Lauren Norman, Abercynon, 04 February 2024

"For my 12 year old, meeting Button was a dream come true. He has always been a huge fan of sloths and we found out so much information that we didn't know beforehand from her keeper, Natasha. Feeding Button was absolutely amazing, she was taking the food right out of my sons hand. She even opened her mouth at one point and let him feed her. He was on cloud nine and quite emotional. Thank you!"

Corrina Tilbury-Eld, East Grinstead, 20 January 2024

"The experience was purchased for my 11 year old grand-daughter. We were welcomed by the very knowledgeable and lovely keeper, who answered all our questions. Button hopefully enjoyed the experience even though she wasn't fussed with the lettuce but enjoyed the other foods offered and gave us plenty of photo opportunities. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

Lois Ifans, Llangeitho, 09 December 2023

"I absolutely loved my sloth experience. The keeper was kind and informative, answering any questions that I had. I received a lovely souvenir cuddly sloth and certificate at the end which was lovely."

Annie L, Swansea, 03 December 2023

"Rosie the keeper was absolutely brilliant and full of tons of knowledge on the sloth. Very happy friendly member of staff. Will highly recommend to anyone."

Amanda Jones, Gloucester, 25 November 2023

"Loved getting to meet Button the sloth and feed her vegetables! It was a really special experience. I also learned a lot as the keeper was really knowledgeable and answered all my questions and even some I hadn’t thought of. I would totally recommend this experience if you’re a big sloth fan."

Rhiannon Beacham, Pontypridd, 18 October 2023

"Fantastic experience, Natasha was very knowledgeable and friendly."

Haley Chambers, Wolverhampton, 08 October 2023

"Our son had an excellent experience this morning, thank you very much! The zoo keeper was brilliant with him, offering valuable knowledge and answering all his questions. He didn’t stop smiling all day!"

Louise Bruton, Abergavenny, 27 August 2023

"What a great experience, Button was a real star, we were able to feed her and interact and she loved eating upside-down. Natasha the zoo keeper was knowledgeable and made the whole time fun and enjoyable. Thanks."

Isabelle Mills, Hook, 13 August 2023

"I had an absolutely fantastic experience, Keeper Rosie was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable. Made the experience that much more. Of course the sloths were fantastic too. Great day and one not to forget. Thank you."

Nikita Woods, Paignton, 10 August 2023

"Amazing experience for my little girl, she absolutely loved it. The staff were so helpful and friendly. Thank you. We would definitely recommend."

Joanne Turner, Manchester, 06 November 2022

"Child's dream came true! Knowledgeable and friendly keeper. Great amount of time spent with Tuppee and Lightcap. If I could rate this 1000 stars I would! Loved that Candy the pink pigeon joined in too!"

Marie Scott-Powis, Devon, 04 June 2022

"Fantastic experience, really enjoyed it."

Kathryn Corcoran,, Cardiff, 05 May 2022

"This was a birthday present for my son, who loves sloths. He was so excited beforehand and it didn’t disappoint. The sloths were keen for their treats and actually interacted far more than I thought they might. Martha was lovely with him and we were given as much time as we wanted for photos etc. He thoroughly enjoyed it and hasn’t stopped chatting about it since."

Lucy Whitman, Wiltshire, 30 April 2022

"Where to start? The staff member was fantastic, helpful and explained loads about sloths. I cannot say anything bad or any suggestions as it was perfect. I love sloths and it was amazing. I will never forget that experience. I want to thank Folly Farm staff members for a brilliant family day out and a outstanding sloth experience. Thank you so much. Definitely recommend it to anyone."

Donald Fritter, Carmarthenshire, 02 February 2022

"Excellent experience with an excellent zoo keeper. Really enjoyed and well worth the money. Would highly recommend the experience and looking forward to returning to Folly Farm."

Sam Moss, Powys, 20 October 2021

"Had a great time at the Folly Farm sloth experience. Was given so much information about the sloths. Would recommend to anyone."

Emma Collins, Carmarthen, 11 September 2021

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