SOURCE: Denver Zoo

July 24, 2015 15:53 ET

Female Sloth Arrives at Denver Zoo

Charlotte Greenie Becomes New Mate for Male Sloth, Elliot

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - July 24, 2015) - A new, female Linnaeus's (li-NEE-us) two-toed sloth is calling Denver Zoo home. Since arriving in early June from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio, 19-year-old "Charlotte Greenie" can now be seen by guests in the Aquatics Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines, where she is joined by her new mate, 24-year-old Elliot. This animal is sure to delight guests with her laid back attitude.

Charlotte came to the Zoo through recommendations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Zookeepers say she is very friendly and curious. She greatly enjoys sleeping, of course, and loves eating fruit.

Charlotte was introduced to male Elliot on July 13 and the two are getting along wonderfully. They spend time together, perched in the trees inside Bird World, and even sleep next to each other. Zoo staff is keeping their fingers crossed for sloth babies in the future. Elliot has been at Denver Zoo since 2007, arriving from Zoo Miami in Florida.

Linnaeus's two-toed sloths are an arboreal and nocturnal species native to Central and South America, including Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. A two-toed sloth has a unique anatomy to accommodate the fact that it spends much of its time upside-down. Sloths also sleep anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per day. In the wild, these slow-moving animals also allow algae to grow on them, which can also help as camouflage. Their long, curved claws allow them to easily latch onto tree branches.

Two-toed sloths weigh anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds and reach nearly 30 inches in length. They feed on leaves and fruits and tend to live solitary lives. Although they spend most of their time in trees, sloths are also known to be very good swimmers.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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