Ask an Educator about Sloths
How many hours a day do sloths sleep?What is the lifespan of a sloth?Why do sloths move so slowly?What is a sloth’s diet?
Sloths spend over 20 hours a day sleeping.
Sloths live an average lifespan of about 10 years in the wild, but in managed care like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, they may live until their twenties. Two-toed sloth, Harry, is estimated to be in his late forties, making him one of the oldest sloths in the world.
Sloths move slowly as a form of camouflage. Moss and algae grow on their coat, giving them the perfect protection from predators.
Sloths eat a plant-based diet. Our sloths here at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have a perfectly tailored diet created by Dr. Heidi Bissell. Dr. Heidi is a zoo nutritionist (one of 20 in the entire world!) who determines what an animal should eat in managed care in comparison to what they eat in the wild.