Sloth Mama & Baby Visit Botánika

It has come to our attention that in the last couple of weeks, we’ve had some special visitors staying with us here on the Botánika and Crocodile Bay grounds. This mama and her baby have been spotted spending their days hanging on the trees near the Crocodile Bay reception. Did you know there are only 2 groups of sloth and 6 sloth species in the whole world? These groups can be differentiated by the number of long, curved claws on their forelimbs so they are either two-toed or three-toed. Two species of sloth live in Costa Rica: Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus Hoffmanni) and Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus Variegatus). Our expert guides at the resort helped us understand that this family seems to belong to Hoffman’s Two-toed species which are primarily nocturnal, sleeping for 15 hours during the day and waking up at night to eat. They move slowly and deliberately and spend most of their life hanging upside-down from tree branches, whether sleeping, eating, mating, or giving birth. Babies cling to their mother's belly for five weeks, until they are strong enough to move on their own. By the looks of it, this baby is only about a week old so hang in there mama! You are welcome to stay for as long as you wish.