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How Much Do You Know About Sloths?

How Much Do You Know About Sloths?

Sloths are unique but adorable creatures that make their home in the tropical rain forests of central and South America, specifically up in the trees of these rainforests. Sloths are known for being slow moving, what some might call lazy, however many scientists think this lethargic nature is an evolutionary technique to become less noticeable to predators like big cats and hawks. However it can’t be denied that sloths spend a lot of time sleeping- usually about 15-20 hours a day, meaning they only cover about 40 yards of canopy per day. 

There are many breeds of sloth but they fall under two main categories, two toed and three toed sloths. Those with two toes are bigger and spend more time hanging upside down. The sloths featured in the Wraptious products on the Suusco website are three toed, partly because of their facial colour colouring that makes it look like they are always smiling, making for an adorable image like this print or this mug! Our three toed friends also have two extra neck vertebrae meaning they can turn their heads almost 360 degrees!

Quickfire facts:

  • Sloths are excellent swimmers 
  • The green algae that grows on their fur helps them blend with the leaves and avoid predators 
  • They can be up to 2.5 feet long and weigh from 8 to 17 pounds

However, our furry friends are at risk due to deforestation. The Pygmy sloth is critically endangered and the Maned sloth is vulnerable. Sloths spend all their time up in trees, this is their habitat and if the trees are cut down they will be forced onto the forest floor where they are much more exposed to predators. It is such a dangerous place for them to be that they only descend from the trees once a week to do their business. Without trees, sloths will lose their shelter and food source (they eat leaves, twigs and buds). Action is being taken, for example the Amazon Region Protected Areas initiative (ARPA) to protect rain forests was set up in 2003 by WWF and the Brazilian government and is now the biggest project of its kind. You can adopt a three toed sloth through WWF to support this work. 

For each adorable sloth product (or any product) we at Suusco sell, a tree is planted. So you can do good whilst filling your home with gorgeous, high quality products such as this Vegan Suede Sloth Cushion.

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