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The sloth is not lazy, just slow. Instead of foraging all day long to get enough energy from the leaves it eats, the sloth conserves energy by being inactive. This requires few heavy muscles, making the sloth light enough to climb high on thin branches where it can feed without worrying about jaguars.

sloth hanging in a tree

Did You Know?

With such a slow metabolism, it can take up to a month for a sloth to digest a meal.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Choloepus didactylus

Northern South America

Tropical forest

1.9 to 2.3 ft

16 years

Zoo Location:
P&G Discovery Forest

Leaves and fruits