The youngest member of the San Diego Zoo's animal ambassador team is a five-month-old Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth, and this female baby needs a name!
The zoo staff has selected four
names for the public to vote on:
Xena (pronounced ZEE-nah): The taxonomic superorder Xenarthra is comprised of Armadillos, Sloths and Anteaters.
Dulce (pronounced DUEL-say): This is Spanish for sweet
Guiana (pronounced gee-ON-a): Two-toed sloths are native to this region in northeastern South America.
Subida (pronounced soo-BEE-dah): In Spanish, this word means rise, increase, ascent, and way up.
Visit this website to cast your vote. The baby Sloth is currently being trained to meet people up close during special animal presentations and outings.
Sloths are slow-moving, solitary, arboreal, forest-dwelling nocturnal herbivores, found in tropical forests and cloud forests in Central and South America. Their sharp claws are 3 to 4 inches long and come in handy for hanging onto trees. Sloths sleep 15 to 18 hours per day and (slowly) look for food the rest of the day.