About the Documentary
Why Sloths
About the Producer
Video Clips
Photo Gallery
Sloth Rescue Center
Sloth Store
Jeri Ledbetter
2830 W. Forest Hills Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Newcomer Category
Jackson Hole Wildlife
Film Festival 2005

Best Human
Interest Film
Flagstaff Mountain
Film Festival 2005

Official Selection
Mountain Film
Telluride 2005

There are two types of sloth: two-toed, the choloepus and three-toed, the bradypus.Two-toed sloths are omnivores, eating leaves, fruits, slow-moving animals and bird eggs. Three-toed sloths are foliavores, subsisting on a variety of leaves.

Sloths live in the rainforest canopies of the Americas, sleeping up to eighteen hours a day. Adept in the trees, they are awkward on the ground, but oddly enough they are strong and graceful swimmers.

Their main defenses are camouflage, stealth and stillness. Should they be attacked they often survive due to their tough hides, tenacious grips and extraordinary ability to heal from grievous wounds. Sloths have been known to survive a ninety-foot fall to the forest floor, and to withstand respiratory arrest for forty minutes.

But the sloths’ world has begun to crumble in recent decades as man encroaches ever further into New World jungles. Rain forests are felled, roads sever their ranges, power lines burn and electrocute them, and dogs attack them. Sometimes children, knowning no better, abuse them. Of the six species of sloths, the Hoffmann’s choloepus is threatened and the bradypus torquatus nears extinction. Another recently discovered species, the bradypus pygmaeus, is very likely endangered but has not yet been listed.

The recently-discovered bradypus pygmaeus

Strong and graceful swimmers

The endangered bradypus torquatus
photo by © Kevin Schafer

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