What is Episode 150 all about?
In this special Minisode of Rewildology, we’re celebrating International Sloth Day by delving into the enchanting world of these beloved, peculiar, and fascinating creatures. To get us “sloth-ucated”, today, we’ll hear from Sam Trull, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Sloth Institute, and Diorene Smith, DVM, wildlife veterinarian and the world’s leading pygmy sloth researcher.
Together, we embark on an exploration of the mysteries surrounding sloths. Discover the natural history of these unique mammals, from their evolutionary lineage to the distinctions between two-fingered and three-fingered sloths. Ever wondered why sloths move so slowly? We debunk myths and unveil the science behind their leisurely pace.
🦥Sloth’s natural history and evolutionary lineage.
🦥The differences between two-fingered and three-fingered sloths.
🦥The fascinating secrets of sloths’ slow movements.
🦥The enigma of why sloths descend to the forest floor to defecate.
As we venture deeper into the episode, the forest floor dilemma comes to light, unveiling the ecological significance of this intriguing behavior and its relationship to sloth health and evolution. But our exploration doesn’t end there. We take a captivating journey into the world of pygmy sloths, unraveling their evolution and the pressing threats they face in today’s changing environment.
Join us in discussing the vital importance of conservation efforts and learn how each of us can play a role in safeguarding these remarkable creatures. Whether you’re a devoted sloth enthusiast or a curious conservationist, this episode offers insights, revelations, and actionable steps to ensure the well-being of these unique animals. Connect with the slow, fascinating world of sloths on Rewildology and become a part of the conservation effort.
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Sam & Diorene in the Field
Links & Resources
- #74 Show Notes | Conserving the World’s Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths with Diorene Smith, DVM
- #46 Show Notes | Passion Turned Purpose: Rescuing Costa Rica’s Sloths with Sam Trull
The Sloth Institute
Pygmy Sloth Project
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