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This is my Story...

This baby Two-Fingered Sloth is more than just a cute face! Many of our ¿baby? sloths arrive at the JRC after being orphaned or abandoned by their mothers. When a baby sloth seems healthy and appears to have simply fallen from a tree, we try recording their cries and going back to the tree where they were found to see if their mother will respond to their baby’s call.

As the mother comes down the tree we bring the baby to the location and when we can reach the mother we give the baby back to her. In my case, and many others, the JRC was not able to find my mother.

When it´s successful it is always a beautiful reunion! Ultimately, we are only successful in reuniting mother and baby a handful of times. Which is why we end up with so many sloths at the JRC, like me!

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Your symbolic adoption of $105 per month helps us with: Food, Medicine, Maintenance, Care and Enrichment of enclosures.

By symbolically adopting one of these amazing animals you will receive: (1) a personalized certificate of adoption and (2) the background story of the animal you adopted with photos (please note that we send all documents in PDF format via Email).

Two-finger Sloth(Choloepus hoffmanni)

Two-Finger Sloths commonly and mistakenly named two-toed sloths (Choloepus Hoffmanni) are found in the forests of Central and Southern America.

As you can see in the pictures it is not on their toes where they lack a toe, but in fact on their upper limbs on the hands, that is why earlier we described the common name as mistaken.

These slow animals that survive on a leaf-based diet tend to live most of their lives aloft, few times you will see them on the ground, some occasions might be in order to reach another tree even by water or to defecate. Sloth’s fur is grown specifically to create a natural camouflage.

Facts about two-finger Sloths

Sloths have very poor eyesight and hearing, so they rely on touching and smelling for food.

The only time sloths are found standing properly is when they go to the ground to defecate, and they only do this almost once a week.

The hair grows in a special system of being parted along the stomach and flows from belly to back. This system is helpful for when the sloths are hanging upside down and the rainwater can runoff.