Denver Zoo Celebrates Birth of Two-toed Sloth
posted by: Guest Blogger
I’ll admit I’ve been obsessed with sloths ever since Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown.
Denver Zoo is happy to announce the arrival of a baby Linne’s two-toed sloth, who was born on Sunday, Jan. 28 to Charlotte Greenie, the Zoo’s 21-year-old female sloth, and her 27-year-old mate, Elliot. Charlotte and the baby, whose name has not yet been chosen or gender identified, are both healthy and thriving, and have spent the week resting and bonding prior to their public debut. Guests will be able to see Charlotte and her baby in their habitat in Bird World at Denver Zoo starting Thursday, Feb. 1.
Throughout her 10-month pregnancy, Charlotte, who came to Denver Zoo from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2015, and her baby were closely monitored by Zoo experts with regular ultrasounds, checkups and weigh-ins to ensure they were healthy and gaining the appropriate amount of weight. Keepers even devised an innovative way to weigh Charlotte by training her to come to a specific branch connected to a scale. The baby clung to Charlotte immediately after birth and will remain attached to her almost exclusively for at least six months.
Linne’s two-toed sloths, which are also known as the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth or southern two-toed sloth, are found in the rainforests of South America, primarily in Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. They are a nocturnal species that spend 15 to 20 hours per day sleeping, and become active about an hour after sunset until about two hours before sunrise. Guests of the Zoo are likely get a glimpse of Charlotte and her baby in their habitat, however the view of the baby might be impaired by foliage or Charlotte’s embrace.
Linne’s two-toed sloths are among two types of sloths—two-toed and three-toed—and six different species, including the pygmy three-toed, maned, pale-throated, brown-throated, and Hoffman’s. Although the Linne’s two-toed is not currently considered threated, two other species, the pygmy three-toed and maned, are critically endangered and vulnerable, respectively.