Two Adorable Baby Sloths Born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
We're excited to announce the two newest and cutest additions to SeaWorld's sister park Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - two baby sloths! The newest Hoffman’s two-toed sloth was born on March 24, and the Linne’s two-toed sloth was born on April 2. If you're hoping to catch a peek of the babies, you're in luck. Guests can see both baby sloths in the coming weeks at Jambo Junction, Busch Gardens’ home to animal ambassadors who represent their counterparts in the wild.
But first let's get to know the babies ...
Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth
Born to mother, Grizzly, and father, Teddy, the four-week-old baby Hoffman’s sloth weighed in at 186 grams (6.6 ounces) at birth. After noticing that the baby was not nursing regularly, the animal care team made the decision to hand-nurse the baby via syringe every two hours. The baby is currently healthy and under 24-hour watch.
Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth
Weighing 550 grams (19.4 ounces) at birth, the 3-week-old baby Linne’s sloth was born to first-time mother, Daisy, and father, Mario. The baby is currently healthy and being cared for by its mother with the animal care team monitoring closely.
As a leading zoological facility, Busch Gardens will share information about these newest babies with the scientific community, as not much is documented about the gestation of these species. Sloth births are part of the Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), and the mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.