Two-toed sloth

These slow moving, peaceful creatures can be found in the forests of South America.

Sloth facts

What do sloths eat?
Sloths are classed as herbivores. Their diet consists mainly of leaves but occasionally they will eat fruit and they have been known to eat bird’s eggs, lizards and insects. In the wild, they live in the rainforest so have access to a wide range of trees and plant species. At Folly Farm, our sloths eat a lot of vegetables and are particularly fond of asparagus and baby corn!

Do they have any predators?
They do. They include anacondas, harpy eagles, ocelots and jaguars.

Why are they so still for so long?
It’s due to their low energy diet. They try to save what little energy they have. They do this by moving very slowly and deliberately. And by sleeping up to 15 hours a day!

How fast (or slow) do they move?
In a tree, it’s about three metres per minute, but on the ground, it’s a little slower at only two metres per minute. They’re actually quite dangerous because their claws are razor sharp but they’re not likely to catch you.

Can I adopt a sloth?
Yes!  We offer sloth adoption – the perfect gift for any lover of sloths.

Conservation

Although listed as least concern there is a decrease in numbers in the wild. This is mainly down the destruction of their natural habitat. It’s actually quite difficult to get a real idea of numbers in the wild as sloths and people have very little contact.

Sloth hanging around

Facts about two toed sloths

Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.