Have you ever seen a sloth in person? If not, then maybe you should visit our home, Costa Rica! Two species of sloths are native here: the brown-throated three-toed sloth and Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth. Sloths can be seen throughout most of Costa Rica, and they have even been spotted in urban areas.
Since it’s International Sloth Day, we’re celebrating with a few photos of one of our cutest residents.
We're proud to support sloths with Hábitat Sloth Blend, which contributes to sloth conservation. Since it’s International Sloth Day, we’re also celebrating with a few photos of one of Costa Rica's cutest residents.
Although these days it feels like sloths are everywhere, you can probably remember a time before they were popular. Here in Costa Rica, we have recognized their contribution to tourism for many years, but in other parts of Latin America where sloths are native, the threat of wildlife trafficking still poses great problems for these animals.
Besides being cute, sloths are also very unique, having adapted dramatically to serve a particular role in their tropical forest environment.
Think you’re the world’s biggest sloth fan? Well, did you know…
- Sloths are the world’s slowest mammals.
- Since they spend 90% of their time upside down, sloths’ bodies have adapted to protect against the effects of gravity.
- Sloths are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. Three-toed sloths only come to the ground once a week.
- Their metabolism is notoriously slow—one meal can take an entire month to digest!