"He (Teddy) has been an ambassador animal for the majority of his life, so he’s been used in a lot of school group programs, been on talk shows or TV shows," Mia said. In recent years, it has added attractions like the zip line course. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. Sloths move in at St. Augustine Alligator Farm By Stuart Korfhage Posted Aug 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM Updated Aug 16, 2019 at 5:41 PM After spending half the summer hidden away in quarantine, Teddy and Grizzly made their public debut and got to check out their new home Friday at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm unveiled its new sloth exhibit Friday morning, featuring a male and female two-toed sloth. PHOTOS: Sloths exhibit at St. Augustine Alligator Farm You'll be able to give the sloths fruit or vegetables while learning about the conservation of rain forest animals. Since then, the mammals were first quarantined for a period, and now they're just waiting for workers to finish their new habitat near some of the caimans. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is adding a two-toed sloths exhibit! Interested in getting up close and personal with our Hoffman’s two-toed sloths? The St. Augustine Record ~ One News Place, St. Augustine, FL 32086 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Normally solitary animals, Alligator Farm bird and mammal curator Sarah Patterson said Teddy and Grizzly are quite fond of each other and have adjusted well to a new home. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The St. Augustine Alligator Farm opened its new exhibit featuring two sloths named Teddy and Grizzly Friday morning. They are a pair of Hoffman's two-toed sloths who were acquired from Busch Gardens in the spring. CLICK HERE for information about our Rainforest Sloth Encounters. "We were really appreciative that (Busch Gardens) trusted us with his care," she said. So the new home for this pair of Hoffman’s two-toed sloths — a rainforest exhibit at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park — has plenty of accommodating trees, limbs and vines. These sloths came to the Alligator Farm in the summer of 2019 after a long tenure at Busch Gardens in Tampa, where they were the parents to many baby sloths. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park opened in 1893. In their natural environment, they are prey to jaguars, as well as large birds and snakes in the rain forests of Central and South America. 999 Anastasia Blvd. All rights reserved. And just last year, the zoo celebrated its 125-year anniversary with the opening of the Oasis of the Nile exhibit. © Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. These furry and fascinating mammals have a powerful grip for life in the trees. "It really captures and engages the guests’ attention rather than just passive signs.". Grizzly is estimated to be 34 herself. While holding Teddy, Patterson said all the keepers have done their best to get him acclimated to the Alligator Farm. So the new home for this pair of Hoffman's two-toed sloths — a rainforest exhibit at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park — has plenty of accommodating trees, limbs and vines. The pair actually produced three offspring together, but that isn't the plan for them. Hoffman’s two-toed sloths are the zoo’s slowest moving and most topsy-turvy residents. "He has been out and around, interacting with the public and teaching everyone about sloths.". The staff also feels that the new additions will be tolerant of receiving a lot of attention because they were around people a lot while in the care of Busch Gardens. "He’s grown comfortable with us in the months that he’s been here.". They spend almost their entire life hanging upside down except for brief excursions to the forest floor or for a swim. Mia said he expects the sloth/rain forest exhibit will be a hit with guests because they will get an interactive experience — much like the one where they can buy a photo holding a snake or touch a reptile during one of the keeper shows. Our pair of sloths share their rainforest habitat with other species from the tropics. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park - Alligator Attractions and Exhibits, Zoo, Zip Lining, Bird Rookery and Nature and Wildlife Exhibits ... Hoffman’s two-toed sloths are the zoo’s slowest moving and most topsy-turvy residents. St. Augustine, FL 32080, © 2019 St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Crocodile Crossing Zip Line. For the Alligator Farm, the addition of the mature sloths is just another part of its nearly constant evolution. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park opened in 1893. - See 3,806 traveler reviews, 2,276 candid photos, and great deals for St. Augustine, FL, at Tripadvisor. "Guests will be able to come up and give them a piece of fruit or vegetable while they learn about the conservation of this species and of these animals — but not just sloths, but the rain forest in general," Mia said. According the keepers at the Alligator Farm, the sloths live much longer in captivity than in the wild, where they usually live 10-15 years. "Any time we pass a group of guests (while carrying the animals), they’re always enthralled with the idea of sloths being (here)," said Trevor Mia, the Alligator Farms curator of education. No longer in their reproductive years, the couple has retired at the Alligator Farm. For the Alligator Farm, the addition of the mature sloths is just another part of its nearly constant evolution. – The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is adding a two-toed sloths exhibit! In St. Augustine, they'll only be the target of zoo patrons who find them irresistible. Teddy is one of the oldest Hoffman's sloths in any zoo at an estimated 44 years old. A new exhibit opened Friday at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, but don't expect the animals to be in any hurry. "We think the more interactive the better," he said. A new exhibit opened Friday at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, but don't expect the animals to be in any hurry. In recent years, it has added attractions like the zip line course.

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