A cute and long-awaited Hoffman’s sloth came (slowly) into the world on 24th March and not long after, on the 2nd of April, a Linnaeus sloth followed suit. The sloth babies were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida.
If you're not familar with sloth lingo, then the difference between the Hoffman and the Linne's is all in the bone structure.
Born to mother, Grizzly, and father, Teddy, the four-week-old baby Hoffman’s sloth weighed in at 186 grams (6.6 ounces) at birth. After noticing that the baby was not nursing regularly, the animal care team made the decision to hand-nurse the baby via a syringe every two hours. The baby is now happy and healthy.
Weighing 550 grams (19.4 ounces) at birth, the three-week-old baby Linne’s sloth was born to first-time mother, Daisy, and father, Mario. The baby is currently healthy and being cared for by it's mother and the animal care team, who are monitoring the baby's health closely.
Sloth births are part of the Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to manage species populations.
Guests can see more of these adorable babies in the coming weeks in the park.
Since 2006, the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported organizations like the Pan-American Conservation Association (APPC) in the form of grants and on-site support. The APPC is Panama’s leader in wildlife rescue, helping to rehabilitate and release wild sloths, jaguars, armadillos, tamanduas, tapirs and porcupines. Just last year, representatives from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld San Antonio assisted with the design, construction and opening of the APPC’s new rescue center in Panama.
Information courtsey of Sea World Parks.