Slow…Steady…Strong…

Watching the movements of the three-toed sloths, rain forest friends of the titi monkeys, is an awe-inspiring sight.

Climbing Sloth

They are slow, steady, and strong as they purposefully climb up and through the branches of trees.

Previously believed to spend the majority of their lives in just one tree, it is now understood that the three-toed and two-toed sloths of Costa Rica change trees about every 2 days.  But they are smart animals – climbing from limbs of one tree to the next instead of venturing to the ground and back up another tree.  At their slow pace, ground movement would make them far more susceptible to predators.  In fact, they only climb down to the ground about once a week to “use the bathroom”.  Why they don’t simply defecate from the treetops remains a mystery.

The three-toed sloths, like those in the pictures above and below, are most commonly seen, as they are active during the day and night.  Two-toed sloths are typically active only at night.  (“Active” is relative of course.)

Because they feast only on the leaves of trees, they have a very slow metabolic rate, causing their slow movements, as well as low body temperatures.  At night, sloths save energy by actually lowering their body temperature to almost match that of the environment.

Sloth Portrait

When working to protect and conserve the habitats of the titi monkeys, we are inherently helping the survival of these precious creatures as well.

Please join us in the fight to protect the titis, and ALL their rain forest friends!

Visit www.monotiti.org for information on how you can help,

Or contact us at info@monotiti.org at any time.

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