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.
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.
Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
Tropical forest, evergreen and semi-deciduous tropical forest, secondary forest, cocoa plantations and dry grassland
Herbivorous. Feeding mainly on leaves, fruits, and vegetables
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
Widespread and abundant