Attention, today is International Sloth Day. This day, October 20th, is entirely dedicated to sloths!
Exactly where this curious holiday came from and who is responsible for Sloth Day can no longer be traced with any certainty. But that doesn’t matter and is not uncommon for animal holidays.
Sloths are not lazy! Sloths are anything but lazy. They move very carefully and slowly. But you can usually only see that in the zoo if you are in Germany. Because here in Northern Europe the sloth is of course not native. So you have to go to another continent if you want to see sloths in their natural habitat.
The sloths are mainly found in central and northern South America and parts of Central America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. They inhabit lowland tropical rainforests and mountain forests, rarely using more open landscapes. Higher altitudes over 2400 m are visited only occasionally.
The sloths (Folivora, also Tardigrada or Phyllophaga) form a suborder of the toothless mammals (Pilosa) and are related to the anteaters and the armadillos (auxiliaries). Six extant species are known, divided into two genera, the two-toed sloth (Choloepus) and the three-toed sloth (Bradypus).