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Why Are Sloths Slow?

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Why are sloths so slow?? 🦥 Listen to our latest episode where we ask this question to Rebecca Cliffe, sloth scientist and founder of The Sloth Conservation! Put on your sloth backpack and try not to fall out of a tree, because we’re going to discover why being slow might be a good thing after all!

Learn more about sloth conservation in our bonus interview episode, available on Patreon!

Episode art for "Why Are Sloths Slow?" Pictured is a cartoon sloth holding onto a tree branch



Rebecca Cliffe standing next to a sloth (who is hanging on a tree vine) in the rain. There appears to a be backpack on the sloth.

Dr. Rebecca Cliffe is the founder and director of the Sloth Conservation Foundation. She is a British zoologist and a leading expert on sloth biology and ecology.

The Sloth Conservation Foundation logo. It has a green sloth in the middle.

Rebecca is the Founder and Executive Director of The Sloth Conservation Foundation, which protects sloths in the wild through research and conservation initiatives. There are so many awesome resources available on their website but here are some places you can start:

  • SlothOpedia - learn more about sloths with their very own sloth-centric encyclopedia!

  • About SloCo - discover the history of SloCo and understand Rebecca's vision

  • Adopt a Sloth - support these creatures through an "adoption" that helps their ecology

Rebecca holding a sloth by it's armpits. The sloth's arms are outstretched and it looks as happy as can be.

Check out this Q&A video from SloCo where Rebecca answers a ton of questions. Read the video's description to see if your questions have been asked!

Here's what a day in Rebecca's life might look like! Check out this video to see her and Costa Rica's awesome sloth population:


Wondering what a sloth fight looks like? Here's a video of one! As expected, it's a bit slower than the average brawl:

And here's a sloth falling out of a tree! Unfortunately, we do not see the famous sloth bounce:


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