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Scotland's Only Sloths Ready to Meet Guests at Edinburgh Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 13, 2021 11:55 pm

Scotland's Only Sloths at Edinburgh Zoo

One of the only sloths to live in Scotland in its new habitat at Edinburgh Zoo

Photo Credit: RZSS

The only sloths in Scotland are ready to meet guests at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo as a new habitat opens. Two Linne's two-toed sloths have moved in to the new Sloths and armadillos habitat at the zoo.

Power couple Moana, nicknamed Mo (2) and Feira, nicknamed Fe (1) live alongside large hairy armadillos Nymeria and Diogo in the habitat which tells the story of wildlife in South America.

Moana arrived from Aquazoo Friesland and Feira arrived from Wilhelma Zoo.

The new habitat is a renovation of the former Brilliant Birds building as Erika Oulton, senior animal experiences keeper at Edinburgh Zoo said, "Our Brilliant Birds building has been refurbished to create an amazing space with lots of trees and ropes for our sloths to explore at their own pace. They are settling in well so far, though we’ll be keeping viewing hours limited for the first few weeks while they get used to their new surroundings."

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Erik added, "“We are thrilled to have welcomed this brand-new species to the zoo and hope visitors will be able to spot Mo and Fe in their incredible new home during their visit."

“It is wonderful to open this exciting exhibit which our sloths are sharing with two large hairy armadillos who are important ambassadors for our charity’s conservation partners, working to protect threatened species and their habitats in Brazil.” 

With the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, RZSS have supported conservation work in South America for over a decade. The Giant Armadillo Conservation Project has established the first long term ecological study of endangered giant armadillos.

Erika added, “We hope that by welcoming this well-loved species and further developing our animal experiences, we can help visitors foster a deeper connection with nature and inspire future conservationists to better protect wildlife across the globe.”   

Guests can now meet the sloths and armadillos at Edinburgh Zoo though the habitat will initially have reduced hours so the new residents can continue to settle in.

Scotland's Only Sloths at Edinburgh Zoo

One of the only sloths to live in Scotland in its new habitat at Edinburgh Zoo

Photo Credit: RZSS

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