Archive for July, 2014

What does an average day of ‘work’ involve for a sloth researcher?

This is probably one of the most frequent questions that I get asked, and the truth is, everyday is different! The only consistent feature in my day is an adventure into the jungle to track down my study sloths. I was initially hoping to have a higher number of tagged sloths by now (I currently have four) but I have quickly discovered just how time consuming it can be to properly study each individual!


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Sloths are known to spend a significant amount of their time hanging vertically upside down, yet no one has ever discovered how they manage this. If we were to stand on our heads for several hours a day, we would probably end up with a lot of problems. In my latest publication, we solve part of the mystery!


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Last month, Sloth Sanctuary founder Judy and I travelled to Texas to visit the sanctuary’s sloth ambassadors currently living at the Dallas World Aquarium (DWA). Because three-fingered sloths are so notoriously difficult to maintain in captivity outside of their natural home range, I was interested to see how these sloths have adapted to living in a simulated rainforest environment in downtown Dallas!


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