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Lincoln Park Zoo ‘Hooked’ On New Baby Sloth

Hoffman’s two-toed sloth newborn on exhibit at Regenstein Small Mammal Reptile House

Chicago (August 5, 2015) — Lincoln Park Zoo has welcomed its latest arrival – a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth baby born on July 25 at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House.  

The sloth infant joins its 21-year-old mother Hersey and 32-year-old father Carlos on exhibit at the zoo. The sex and measurements of the newborn are yet to be determined as the baby is clinging tight to Hersey. The sloth baby is a part of the Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth Species Survival Plan which cooperatively manages the accredited zoo population. The baby sloth is the first offspring of this breeding pair.

“The sloth infant appears healthy and is passing critical milestones such as nursing regularly and clinging well to mother,” said Curator Diane Mulkerin. “Hersey is a first-time mother and is being very attentive to her new young.”

The sloth infant, Hersey and Carlos can be seen on exhibit daily at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Regenstein Small Mammal Reptile House from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sloths are nocturnal so the infant and mother can be seen curled up in the canopy throughout the day and are more active towards the evening.

Hoffman’s two-toed sloths have large hooked claws that help the species hang from treetops in the canopies of tropical rainforests in Central and South America. On average, these sloths weigh around 12 pounds and can reach 27 inches in length and spend nearly all of their time upside down in treetops.



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Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit 

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Photography by Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo