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Edinburgh Zoo welcomes Scotland’s only sloths

Visitors to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will get the chance to see two special new arrivals this week as a pair of sloths have been introduced to the South America exhibit.

In a first for Scotland, the Linne’s two-toed sloths – two-year-old male Moana, and one-year-old female Feira – will join armadillos Nymeria and Diogo in a new enclosure, which is set to open gradually to help the pair settle in.  

Female sloth Feira at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Senior animal experiences keeper, Erika Oulton, 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.” 

 

To find out more about visiting the sloths at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, go to edinburghzoo.org.uk  

 

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