11/02/2017 - The Living Planet Aquarium is welcoming two new members into their family. Steve Vogel, Director of Husbandry, and Caroline Ralston from Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, joined Nicea Degering to talk about all things Sloth.
The new members, Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths, are nocturnal, and they sleep around 15-18 hours a day! While this might seem like laziness, it is actually an adaptation of sorts. Vogel says because sloths don’t move much, they don’t expend a lot of energy. As a result, they don’t have to eat as often. Another benefit of not eating a lot is that Sloths only have to “relieve themselves” about once a week. Sloths are vulnerable to predators when they relieve themselves because they need to come down to the forest floor. So doing it as little as possible is a huge benefit. When they do relieve themselves they lose close to 30% of their body weight!
The Aquarium will be home to one female and one male Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths who will be visible to the public at the grand opening starting Friday, November 3 at 10:00AM! After these sloths lost their home in Guyana due to deforestation, they were taken to a rehabilitation center. Experts there determined they were non-releasable, and the sloths found a home at the Aquarium. The sloths will be living in the large aviary in the Journey to South America gallery.
For more information, visit TheLivingPlanet.com.
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