Pale-throated sloth


Pale-throated sloth

Bradypus tridactylus

Berbice, Guyana

1879.90.a

Around three quarters of an average sloth day is spent resting and most of the rest munching leaves.

Where and how they live: Three-toed or pale-throated sloths are native to the rainforests of South America, north of the Amazon River. These unusual and fascinating animals spend their lives high in the trees hanging by their huge claws.

What they eat: twigs, buds, and leaves of Cecropia  trees

Are they endangered? This species is not threatened at the moment but rainforest destruction is a growing problem.  These quiet and gentle animals don’t run away when threatened. They cling on to their trees even when they are being chopped down. Their bodies aren’t built for speed or moving on the ground so they become easy prey for hunters, predators or starvation when their homes are destroyed.

Linked objects:

Southern two-toed sloth

Pair of bark armlets (apomí)

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