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The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin

The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin

By Khristine Faith July 10, 2020 | Bryson Voirin Sloth | 0 comments

A doctoral student with the Max Planck Institute, Bryson Voirin studies sloths and other species at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Mongabay.com’s sixth in a series of interviews with ‘Young Scientists’. Sloths sleep all day; they are always slow; and they are gentle as lambs. These are just some of the...

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Why are sloths slow?

Why are sloths slow?

By Khristine Faith July 09, 2020 | Lazy Sloth Sloth | 0 comments

Sloths—the adorable and lethargic animals living in treetops—depend on the health and survival of Central and South American tropical forests. They spend much of their lives in the canopy, snoozing and remaining hidden from predators. The animals live solitary lives and travel from tree to tree using canopy vines. Located...

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Sloth Robot Is a Very Cute Way to Boost Conservation

Sloth Robot Is a Very Cute Way to Boost Conservation

By Khristine Faith July 08, 2020 | Sloth sloth robot | 0 comments

SlothBot is a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below, researchers report. For the next several months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be able to observe the testing of the new high-tech tool in the battle to...

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Check out this sloth robot

Check out this sloth robot

By Khristine Faith July 07, 2020 | sloth robot slothbot | 0 comments

SlothBot is a slow-moving, solar-powered robot built by robotics engineers to take advantage of the low-energy lifestyle of real sloths. It moves along a cable strung between two large trees, as it monitors temperature, weather, carbon dioxide levels, and other information. For the next several months, SlothBot will be hanging...

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Slothy Sunday: The shocking truth about sloth electrocutions

Slothy Sunday: The shocking truth about sloth electrocutions

By Khristine Faith July 06, 2020 | | 0 comments

Sometimes, trouble finds itself in the heights of the Costa Rican canopy. Picture yourself slowly moving upside down through your forest environment when all of a sudden the trees run out. You spot some beach almond, but not a single branch connects from your tree to the one that holds...

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Bug Bytes: Sloth Moths

Bug Bytes: Sloth Moths

By Khristine Faith June 24, 2020 | | 0 comments

It’s no secret that sloths move slowly. In fact, they move so slow, unique assemblages of insects can actually take advantage of their pace and align their lifecycle with these slow-moving hosts. An interesting example is the relationship between the brown three-toed sloth and a moth aptly called the sloth...

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Sloths: The World's Slowest Mammals

Sloths: The World's Slowest Mammals

By Khristine Faith June 23, 2020 | | 0 comments

A three-toed sloth can rotate its head nearly 90 degrees or more, and its mouth is shaped in a way that makes the animal appear as if it's always smiling. (Image: © Bryson Voirin.) Sloths are tropical mammals that live in Central and South America. They use their long claws...

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Slothy Sunday: What can we learn from sloths?

Slothy Sunday: What can we learn from sloths?

By Khristine Faith June 22, 2020 | Sloth Slothy Sunday | 0 comments

Sloths are beautiful, graceful creatures that blend in with their natural environment. There are so many things we can learn from these understated animals — here are just a few: Eat your greensSloths are omnivores, meaning their diet is made up of both plants and animals. But their diet primarily...

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Baby Sloths Welcomed at Adventure Aquarium in Camden

Baby Sloths Welcomed at Adventure Aquarium in Camden

By Khristine Faith June 18, 2020 | Baby Sloth Sloth Adventure Aquarium | 0 comments

When the aquarium reopens, the incredibly adorable sloths will serve as ambassador animals. Adventure Aquarium in Camden has two new additions: two baby Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths, named Honey and Molasses. Both were born with healthy weights and sizes (and are unbelievably cute). Honey was born in late November, while Molasses...

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Why can't we leave them alone? The troubling truth about selfies with sloths

Why can't we leave them alone? The troubling truth about selfies with sloths

By Khristine Faith June 17, 2020 | | 0 comments

How the trappings of fame are causing problems for the placid mammal that has become a star of internet memes and Instagram. Nobody seems to know quite how the sloth became the rock star of the animal kingdom. From high in the Latin American rainforest, the absurd mammal is the...

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10 Fun facts that will make you giggle about Sloths

10 Fun facts that will make you giggle about Sloths

By Khristine Faith June 09, 2020 | | 0 comments

The most famously slow animal on the planet needs little introduction. Native to the tropical rainforests of Latin America, where sloths apparently spend most of their life happily sleeping and cradled by the luscious canopy of the Amazon Rainforest, the sloth is nowadays a synonym for lazy couch-potatoes the world over. Irresistibly cute couch-potatoes,...

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The Sloth Institute’s Actions Against COVID-19

The Sloth Institute’s Actions Against COVID-19

By Khristine Faith April 22, 2020 | the sloth institute | 0 comments

As we are sure all of you are, TSI is monitoring the news and the developing situation around the COVID-19 virus around the world.  As a TSI supporter, you might wonder how this is affecting our organization and most importantly, the sloths?  We wanted to let you know how TSI...

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