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Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Choloepus hoffmanni
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Afrosoricida
  • Range

    This species can be found in Central and South America, from Nicaragua to central Brazil.

  • Status

    This species is common throughout its range. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Hoffmann's two-toed sloths occupy tropical rain forests.

  • Niche

    Named for its slow movement, the Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth spends nearly all of its time upside down in the treetops. The species eats, sleeps and even gives birth while hanging from its claws. The two-toed sloth is nocturnal, feeding at night on leaves and fruits.

  • Life History

    Males are solitary while females can be found in groups. After breeding, females give birth to a single young, which they carry through the forest for up to nine months after birth.

  • Special Adaptations

    Large, hooked claws help the species hang from the treetops of its home.

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