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Edinburgh Zoo welcomes Scotland’s only sloths

13/09/2021 in Edinburgh Zoo

Scotland’s only sloths have been revealed for the first time at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo today, Monday 13 September 

Visitors can now spot two Linne’s two-toed sloths in the wildlife conservation charity’s new Sloths and Armadillos building which is opening gradually to help the pair settle in 

Two-year-old male Moana, nicknamed Mo, and one-year-old female Feira, known as Fe, have joined large hairy armadillos Nymeria and Diogo in the exhibit which tells the story of wildlife in South America. 

Erika Oulton, senior animal experiences keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said, “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.  

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. 

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 help from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, RZSS has been supporting conservation partners in South America, the sloth’s native home, for over a decade. The Giant Armadillo Conservation Project established the first long term ecological study of endangered giant armadillos and the Anteaters & Highways initiative tracks giant anteaters to understand how the species is responding to increasing numbers of roads crossing their habitats in the wild. 

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.”   

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Note to editors: 

  • Moana arrived from Aquazoo Friesland and Feira arrived from Wilhelma 
  • Sloths and Armadillos will be open daily to visitors with reduced hours to begin with  
  • RZSS has worked with Dr Arnaud Desbiez and his team in Brazil for over a decade to safeguard endangered giant armadillos (Giant Armadillo Conservation Project) and giant anteaters (Anteaters and Highways Project) and their threatened habitat.  

About the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 

  • The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has protected threatened species in Scotland and around the world for over 100 years. As a leading conservation charity, it connects people to nature and safeguards wildlife across the globe.   
  • At Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, diverse and dedicated teams care for almost 3,000 amazing animals and carry out cutting-edge science and research. The wild experts based in RZSS zoos support an incredible range of projects and direct conservation action, from the Highlands of Scotland to the wetlands of Brazil and rainforests of Uganda.    
  • As our natural environment faces a biodiversity crisis, RZSS is inspiring and empowering communities to help save animals from extinction 

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