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Close Encounters Of The Slow Kind

Friday, May 11 2018 1:49 PM

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Please join is in welcoming our newest baby at the Park, Chewbacca The Sloth. He is named after the Chewbacca character from Star Wars, and goes by Chewie for short. 

Chewie is a two-toed sloth who was born at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo. His picture eating an apple while on his mama (below) went viral around the world in December 2017. 

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He was weaned from his mom in March of 2018 and moved to his new home at TWP. We are so happy he is here!  

Chewbacca is starting out in the Tanganyika Nursery while his special new Behind The Scenes exhibit is built. 

Click here  to see him discovering his first moments in the nursery.

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Sloths are indigenous of Central and South America. Two-toed sloths spend most of their lives hanging upside down from trees. They cannot walk, so they pull hand-over-hand to move around, at a very slow rate.

Two-toed sloths differ from three-toed sloths in their climbing behavior, preferring to descend head first. They like to eat leaves, shoots, fruits, nuts, berries and bark.

 

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