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​Christmas Came Early for the Topeka Zoo – Meet Foley the Sloth


A Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth born at the Topeka Zoo on Saturday is clinging to mom and doing everything a baby sloth should do.  When new mom Jacque showed her new baby to the Zoo’s Animal Care Staff, the baby sloth was alert and clinging to mom in a good nursing position.  Both mom and baby appear to be bright and alert and doing great.  

The baby was named Foley by the primary Zoo Keeper that works in the Zoo’s Tropical Rain Forest.
There are currently four sloths living in the Zoo’s Tropical Rain Forest.  They include mother Jacque (age 27), father Mocha (age 19), Newt (age 1) and the newborn Foley.  This is the 15th offspring of Jacque’s and the fourth of Mocha’s.  

The Topeka Zoo has a long successful history with sloth reproduction largely due to the rain forest environment the sloths live in at the zoo.  Zoo staff monitored the pregnancy closely but had high confidence that mom knew exactly what to do.

Native to a small area of Central and South America, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloths are threatened by deforestation issues.  Sloths are known for their slow moving, solitary arboreal behavior.  Sloths do everything upside down – including eating, sleeping, mating and even giving birth.