Sloths

Endangered Animals in South America by J.A

Description

The sloth is a mammal covered in fur. The fur has green algae on it which helps the sloth camouflage in time of need. Sloths are medium-sized (20-25 in.) and weigh 8-10 lbs. They communicate by a high-pitched call that echoes through the forest as "ahh-eeee." Sloths can sleep up to 20 hours and are known for being the slowest animal in the world. It sometimes takes a whole month just to swallow one meal. They eat Cecropia leaves and only leave the tree to urinate. They may not be very fast, but are excellent swimmers.

Endangerment

Sloths have weak hand/feet that aren't very useful when a predator is nearby. Sloths are the slowest mammal and with that disadvantage they have no chance against eagles, jaguars, and anacondas. Another reason sloth's are endangered are because of the lack of rain forest. Forest are being cut down everyday and that forces sloths to move away. Lastly, hunting/illegal trade in wildlife is a big reason why.
The Funniest Baby Sloth Video Ever!!!

The Tree Foundation

We should help sloth's population because right now most of them are populated on an island off of Panama, about the size of New York City's Central Park. The Tree Foundation has established fund to support canopy research on sloths.