Edinburgh Zoo welcomes Scotland’s only sloths as adorable pair join new exhibit

By Sean Murphy

A top Scottish Zoo has just welcomed two adorable sloths – the only ones in the country – to its newest exhibit.

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo showed off photos of adorable pair Moana, nicknamed Mo, and Feira, known as Fe, who are joining a new exhibit.

Staff at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland park say visitors will now be able to spot two-year-old male Mo and one-year-old female Fe, in the wildlife conservation charity’s new Sloths and Armadillos building.

The Linne’s two-toed sloths have joined large hairy armadillos Nymeria and Diogo in the exhibit, which tells the story of wildlife in South America and will open gradually to help the new attractions settle in.

Moana arrived from Aquazoo Friesland in the Netherlands and Feira arrived from Wilhelma in Germany.

Erika Oulton, senior animal experiences keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “We are thrilled to have welcomed this brand-new species to the zoo and hope visitors will be able to spot Mo and Fe in their incredible new home during their visit.

“Our Brilliant Birds building has been refurbished to create an amazing space with lots of trees and ropes for our sloths to explore at their own pace.

"They are settling in well so far, though we’ll be keeping viewing hours limited for the first few weeks while they get used to their new surroundings.

“It is wonderful to open this exciting exhibit which our sloths are sharing with two large hairy armadillos who are important ambassadors for our charity’s conservation partners, working to protect threatened species and their habitats in Brazil.”

With help from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, RZSS has been supporting conservation partners in South America, the sloth’s native home, for over a decade.

While the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project established the first long-term ecological study of endangered giant armadillos and the Anteaters & Highways initiative tracks giant anteaters to understand how the species is responding to increasing numbers of roads crossing their habitats in the wild.

Erika added: “We hope that by welcoming this well-loved species and further developing our animal experiences, we can help visitors foster a deeper connection with nature and inspire future conservationists to better protect wildlife across the globe.”

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