Sloth born here at Bristol Zoo Gardens

​These pictures show the first sloth to be born at Bristol Zoo Gardens in nearly a decade.

Eight-year-old mum, Trixie, gave birth to the new arrival in the enclosure she shares with its dad, 19-year-old Rio.

Like all sloths the tiny infant came into the world upside down just as it will eat and sleep.

Al Toyne, Mammals Team Leader, said: “It’s almost 10 years since a sloth has been born at Bristol Zoo. It’s doing really well and we are all delighted. 

“People are fascinated by sloths because of how they look and how they live, it’s great that we have re-opened so now people can come and see it for themselves”

At the moment the young Linne’s two-toed sloth weighs approximately 340 grams and has a body length of about 28 cm.

Al said: “This is an important birth because it helps to maintain the sloth population and to ensure its future.”

It is unclear how many two-toed sloths there are in the world but the International Union for Conservation of Nature states that their numbers are declining, mainly due to loss of their rainforest habitat. 

Because they move so slowly they are often unable to escape if an area of forest is felled for agriculture or timber. They are also hunted in Brazil for their meat.

We are now home to three sloths, Rio, Trixie and their infant, and is part of a European zoo co-ordinated breeding programme for Linne’s two-toed sloths.

Did you know, you can adopt Trixie as a special gift for someone?

Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning four continents.

In March 2020 Bristol Zoological Society launched an appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’ following the temporary closure of both its sites in Bristol in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to find out more about the appeal or to make a donation.

To find out more about Bristol Zoological Society’s conservation projects, visit bristolzoo.org.uk/save-wildlife/conservation-and-research.

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