Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Sloth - Photo by Mark Gaskill

Hoffman’s two-toed sloth

Choloepus hoffmanni

At the Detroit Zoo
Homer, the Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, was born in 1992 and arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2000. Homer’s nook, located near the snow monkeys and rhinos, features densely planted greenery, a stream, skylights and his favorite tree, where he spends most of his time napping.

The sloth has shaggy, grayish-brown fur that grows from the abdomen to the back; this allows rain water to repel from its coat.  It has two long nails that curve at the tip on its front feet and three on its hind feet.

Fun Facts

  • Sloths like to take their time and move slowly. Since they are in no rush to get anywhere and sleep during the day, they are extremely difficult to notice.

  • Sloths are good swimmers and take advantage of relocating when the forest floor floods.

  • Since sloths have low metabolisms and take a while to fully digest food, they only have to “go” about once a week.