Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth: here’s the scoop


There are no major threats at the global level. However, subpopulations in the northwestern part of its range, especially in Colombia and Central America, are declining due to severe habitat degradation and fragmentation. Furthermore, they are hunted by indigenous communities. Wild-caught individuals, especially offspring, are sold as pets to tourists in Colombia. This illegal trade is increasing and represents a cause of concern due to its impact on the wild population.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.

Insider Info

Bernardo came to the Zoo in 2018 and is the very first sloth to call Buttonwood home in its 125 year history! In 2019, a female sloth (Sandy) joined Bernardo inside Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs. On June 22, 2021 Sandy and Bernardo welcomed their first offspring!

For more info on BPZOO’s first baby sloth (and for cute footage), click here


Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth

Scientific name

Choloepus hoffmanni


Tropical forest, evergreen and semi-deciduous tropical forest, secondary forest, cocoa plantations and dry grassland


Herbivorous. Feeding mainly on leaves, fruits, and vegetables

life expectancy

20 – 30 years

Did you know?

Sloths have a number of unique adaptations to aid them in their arboreal life while living in an inverted position.  All of their internal organs, including the heart, liver, spleen and stomach, are rearranged inside its body cavity so nothing gets crushed or obstructed.


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant