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8 New Sloth Encounters in The United States

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New sloth Encounters in the United States are available around the country to satisfy those sloth cravings.

These amazing new sloth habitats will be an awesome way to spend the day.

There might be one near you. Some of them will even let you feed them.

8 New Sloth Encounters in America

8 New Sloth Exhibits in America
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We found some new sloth Encounters near you from Arizona, Montana, Michigan, South Carolina, Kentucky, DC, and even Hawaii.

Most of these are smaller zoos, but they offer quite a bit to educate and entertain you.

Here is our list of 8 Sloth Encounters in The United States

  1. Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens Hilo, HI
  2. OdySea Aquarium Scottsdale, AZ
  3. Zoo Montana Billings, MT
  4. Saginaw Children’s Zoo Saginaw, MI
  5. Louisville Zoo Louisville, KY
  6. Charleston Sloths and Exotics Charleston, SC
  7. Buttonwood Park Zoo New Bedford, MA
  8. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Washington, DC

Maybe one of these new sloth Encounters is near you. For the whole list of sloth encounters check out our post 40 States to See a Sloth in the United States.


Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens Hilo, HI

Courtesy Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens Akala the two-toed sloth and her new sloth baby sloth born in July
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We will start our list of 8 New Sloth Encounters in America in Hawaii.

Hawaii is the most romantic place. Sea breezes, beautiful flowers, warm tropical weather.

So, of course, you could expect a romance to develop between these two sloths.

Akala and Sid have gotten to know each other well. Sid was born there in 2014 and Akala was born in the Honolulu Zoo in 2016.

This adorable sloth has since moved to the Panaewa Zoo in Hilo, HI, and settled in quite well.

So well, in fact, that a little l’amour began between her and Sid and resulted in a new sloth baby being born to them on July 25 or 26, 2019.

Hawaii Zoo Welcomes Baby Sloth Video

The parents were separated for a while as the keepers were unsure of how Sid would react to the baby, sloth but now that the baby is eating well.

Sloth mother and baby were put back in with Sid on Oct. 20 and are available to see.

The baby is a girl, but at this time, she still doesn’t have a name.

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Address: 800 Stainback Hwy
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-959-923
Website: hilozoo.org

You can find a map to these new sloth Encounters here (map)



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OdySea Aquarium Scottsdale, AZ New Sloth Encounters

Sloth Hanging Around
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This is a huge interactive aquarium. You can even view sharks in the bathroom. It just keeps getting bigger, though, as they add new attractions.

On Feb. 25, 2017, sixteen new exhibits opened at a cost of a million dollars. These include nine new aquatic aquariums, four insect habitats, and three additional land exhibits. But for people seeking sloth exhibits, there’s a special addition for Squidney and Barnacle the sloths.

Squidney is a six-year-old female Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth. She can be seen at the Rivers of the World exhibit just hanging around.

Morgan & Squidney: A Sloth Love Story Video

She enjoys seeing people, so she’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing you. Barnacle is about a year old and is male. He also would like to have a visit.

There are occasional meet and greets, but if you book ahead, you can be part of a sloth encounter, which is set up for as many as eight people in a group. Encounters are set up once each day during the week and two each day on the weekend.

Other attractions are blind cavefish, toucans, loaches, batfish, and dwarf lionfish and if you’ve never heard of some of them, then you’ll have fun learning about new creatures.

OdySea Aquarium
Address: 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Suite A-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: 480-291-8000
Website: odyseaaquarium.com

You can find a map to these new sloth Encounters here (map)


Zoo Montana Billings, MT

Zoo Montana Adorable New Sloth
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Lucky Zoo Montana. It received a $51,000 grant from the Montana Dept. of Commerce’s Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative through the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development to build a sloth exhibit.

The zoo was one of eight projects to receive a grant. They were made aware that they were one of the grant recipients in Dec. of 2019. Building of the Stockman Bank new Sloth Encounters will begin soon.

The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development will partner with Visit Billings to promote the new addition. Hotel and motel bed taxes helped fund the grant.

Teaching people about wildlife conservation and warning them about the dangers of the illegal wildlife trade, will be one of the uses of the new sloth exhibit.

Zoo Montana
Address: 2100 South Shiloh Rd.
Billings, MT 59106
Phone: 406-652-8100
Website: zoomontana.org

Find a map of this New Sloth Exhibits in Billings, MT here (map)


Saginaw Children’s Zoo Saginaw, MI

Saginaw Childrens Zoo New Sloth Exhibits
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The Saginaw Zoo just received a new sloth in Feb. 2020. Okra Mae, a female Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, moved there from Zoo Atlanta and is settling in very well.

She’ll be in the tropical building once she gets out of quarantine, as all new additions to the zoo must do to make sure they are safe to mix with the other animals.

Her new exhibit mates will be the cotton-top tamarins. The Zoo will open on April 15 this year.

Saginaw Children’s Zoo
Address: 1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-759-1408
Website: saginawzoo.com

View a map to plan your next sloth Encounters adventure here (map)


Louisville Zoo Louisville, KY

Louisville Zoo Sloth Coming Soon
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Another new sloth exhibit zoo updating its offerings is the Louisville Zoo. This zoo is always looking for new experiences for its patrons and soon they will have a new sloth exhibit.

The sloths, two Linneaus’ two-toed, 1 1/2-year-old Sebastian a male, and 2-year-old Sunni a female are currently getting acclimated to their new home. They arrived there in Oct.

The snow leopard enclosure is being renovated to more accurately reflect a tropical environment, such as a sloth is used to live in the wild. You can find it in the South American area near the Chilean flamingos.

The estimated costs of renovation are about $250,000 and will come from the Friends of the Louisville Zoo and other donors.

New Sloth Exhibit Coming to Louisville Zoo Video Coming Soon

It’s hoped the enclosure will be completed by May 2020 and that you will soon be able to visit Sebastian and Sunni. There may even be a sloth meet and greet in the future.

Louisville Zoo
Address: 1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213
Phone: 502-459-2181
Website: louisvillezoo.org

Louisville Zoo New Sloth Exhibit Map here (map)


Charleston Sloths and Exotics Charleston, SC New Sloth Exhibits

Charleston Sloths and Exotics Charleston New Sloth Exhibits
Source: charlestonslothandexotics.com

What do you do if you have exotic pets? Well, you can do what Heather and Henry Galvin did and open up a small zoo to the public.

The couple offers hands-on experiences with several types of animals. There are tortoises and turtles including a giant tortoise, bunnies, Piggy the kinkajou, and Samantha and Artie the anteaters who you can walk on a leash.

Recently, four flying squirrels were added and three months ago the zoo acquired Sid the sloth.

You can interact with all of them now since the zoo is no longer associated with Airbnb. The venue’s insurance wouldn’t allow animal interactions.

Walk anteaters and feed and pet the other animals, some while holding them and others while they are in their enclosures.

You can participate in the new sloth adoption program and for a set yearly donation you will get a 1 1/2 hour guided tour, an 8×10 picture of Sid, a large sloth stuffed animal and unlimited visits where you can interact one on one with the animals as often as you want.

A look into the Charleston Sloth and Exotics Tour Video

The donation helps make sure the animals have enough food and are kept healthy with vet visits.

Charleston Sloths and Exotics
As of 4-18-22 we found out that this is closed.


Buttonwood Park Zoo New Bedford, MA Sloth Encounters

Buttonwood Park Zoo New Sloth Exhibit
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In Dec. of 2017, 18-year-old Bernardo, a two-toed sloth moved from the Staten Island Zoo in New York to the Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts. He liked his new home, but he was a little lonely.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums using the Species Survival Plan decided to change that. They recommended that he get a girlfriend and so 10-year-old Lysander otherwise known as Sandy, was brought from the Philadelphia Zoo in Dec. 2019.

Both are in the Rainforests, Rivers, and Reefs building. The enclosures are divided into four habitats based on South American countries. Bernardo is in the Brazilian habitat and  Lysander is in the Peru habitat. They will slowly be introduced to each other and it’s hoped they’ll hit it off and maybe have offspring.

Right now, Sandy stays in the highest part of the enclosure. She likes carrots, romaine lettuce broccoli, mulberry, beets, mallow flowers, hibiscus, and zinnias.

Buttonwood Welcomes Its First Sloth Video

The zoo staff gives daily sloth talks so you can learn about these amazing animals.

Buttonwood Park Zoo
Address: 425 Hawthorne St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-991-6178
Website: bpzoo.org
Email: info@bpzoo.org

Plan your visit to these new sloth habitats and use the map here (map)


Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Washington, DC

Smithsonians National Zoo Sloth
Img Source: nationalzoo.si.edu

Yet, more romance is in the offing, hopefully. Those wily little matchmakers, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have another match in the making.

Vlad is a 34-year-old two-toed sloth living at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

His previous companion, Ms. Chips passed away when she was 46 years old. The couple had no children and now Vlad is in need of companionship.

At our zoological lonely hearts club’s recommendation, Athena, a 1 1/2-year-old two-toed sloth came from the Ellen Trout Zoo in Texas to be with Vlad.

Both will be living at the small mammal house along with golden lion tamarins and aracari.

Since a move like that takes some getting used to, zookeepers are introducing the two sloths slowly, appropriately enough.

Their blankets are being switched so that they get used to each other’s scent.

They are able to see each other through the mesh of their separate enclosures so they can get to know each other with the least amount of stress.

When the sloths indicate that they would like to get to know each other better, they will be allowed to be in the same enclosure.

Until then, they share glances across a crowded zoo. This suits the tamarins just fine as they like to sleep curled up on top of the sloths.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 5516
Washington, DC 20013
Phone Number: 202-633-4888
Website: nationalzoo.si.edu

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