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Distinguishing between the Sloths species found at the Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve


November 11, 2017

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Sloths are one of the most charismatic and famous species from the neotropics. Everybody knows about their lethargic lifestyles and have been made famous by comic shows for ages. What most people don’t know is that there several Sloth species found in the Amazon, and two of those are particularly common around Manu National Park and Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve.

In this blog post we will briefly go over these two species, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth and Brown-throated Sloth, and will give you inside information on where to search for them if you decide to visit us.

Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth – Photo: Wikipedia

Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth – Photo: Wikipedia

The first and the rarest of the two is Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth. Colloquially known as “two-toed sloths” these smaller sloths hang around deep in the forest and in closed areas. An interesting fact is that both species (two-toed and three-toed sloths) have two-toes. The difference is the three-toed sloths have 3 fingers in their upper limbs, in contrast to Two-toed sloths, which have two. The confusion seems to arrive when the names are translated from Spanish, as the word “dedos” is used for both toes and fingers.

If you wish to see the Hoffmanns Two-toed Sloths, we highly recommend you walk the trails at night -always with your guide- and aim your torches up to the threes. Within a couple hours of searching you should be able to spot a few.

Brown-throated Sloth – Photo: Luis Felipe Raffo

Brown-throated Sloth – Photo: Luis Felipe Raffo

In contrast, Brown-throated Sloths, are much bigger, bulkier, easier to see, and diurnal. If you wish to see this species, we highly recommend you take the boat trip -the possibility to do this depends on the water level- and search for them on the cecropias near the water-channel. We normally see two or three individuals on each trip through the water channel. However, the presence of predators such as Harpy Eagles might make them hide lower in the foliage.

If you wish to see these crazy species, we recommend you to contact us, so we can start planning the trip of a life-time.

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