There are two sloths at the Zoo, a male named JT and a female named Janis. Janis was born in 1991 and came to the Zoo in 1992, while J.T. was born in 2005 and has resided at the Zoo since 2009. As characteristic to the name, sloths sleep most of the day. When they are alert, they spend most of their time upside-down from the top of their exhibit.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. While the population may be decreasing, the two-toed sloth occupies many tropical forest areas which are protected by law.
This sloth lives in areas of the northern portion of South America, between Venezuela, the Guyanas, and northern Brazil.
The two-toed sloth is an herbivore that eats leaves, tender twigs and fruit. The two-toed sloth seldom drinks water because it acquires sufficient moisture through its diet.