Completing the sloth habitat was no easy task. Many friends became financial sponsors to help fund the project. The house had to meet specific guidelines to ensure the health and happiness of the new “homeowners”. It required extensive testing to make sure that our sloths will be healthy and happy in their new home.
The new sloth house is home to three sloths – Jolly, Jovial and Jubilee. All are two-toed sloths, native to the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America. Sloths spend most of their lives hanging upside down from tree limbs. They are perhaps best known for how slowly they move, which is VERY slowly. They are fascinating animals that most people find enchanting.
Guests will have the opportunity to see the new habitat and its inhabitants, as well as meet some of the people who love and take care of them. There will be light refreshments served at the event as well.
As a special treat, guests will also get to meet and interact with Noelle, our youngest sloth. Noelle is only one and a half years old. She was acquired from another zoo, where she had gotten off to a rough start because her mother had not produced enough milk for her. Fortunately, Hope Bennett, the co-owner/director of North Georgia Wildlife Park, has had years of experience with nursing baby animals to health. She teamed with the Windward Veterinary Hospital and together they were able to see Noelle not only survive but thrive. In fact, Noelle may even be a little bit spoiled!
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