Wild Florida welcomes some sloths to our Wildlife Park family. Sloths are medium-sized mammals belonging to families Megalonychidae, which is a two-toed sloth and Bradypodidae, which is a three-toed sloth. We are welcoming two two-toed sloths to our Wild Florida family. Sloths are often a fan-favorite because they are so laid back and adorable.
These beautiful animals are tree-dwelling residents from the jungles of Central and South America. They are known for being slow-moving, hence their name. Interestingly enough, sloths make a good habitat for a variety of other organisms including moths, beetles, cockroaches, ciliates, fungi and algae.
The sloth’s diet consists mostly of buds, tender shoots and leaves, which makes them folivores. Some two-toed sloths, like the ones we have at Wild Florida, have been documented as eating insects and small reptiles to supplement their diet. Their claws serve as their only natural defense, and they use their claws only when they are severely threatened or cornered. They often do not call attention to themselves because they reside high in the trees and move extremely slow. The primary predators of the sloth are the jaguar, the harpy eagle and humans.
If you’re interested in coming to visit our sloths and the other animals that reside in the Wild Florida Wildlife Park, book a day online to come spend with us! Pair your Wildlife Park visit with an Everglades airboat ride through the headwaters of the Everglades. Don’t forget to spend time at the petting zoo portion of our Wildlife Park. You and your entire family can enjoy an authentic Southern lunch at our Barbecue restaurant, and finish the day with a trip to our gift shop for some souvenirs to bring home. Visit our website to book your day adventure at Wild Florida today.