Pygmy Three Toed Sloth Bradypus pygmaeus

The Three Toed Sloth are confined to a small group of islands and there population is already low. Without being able to spread to main land. The main cause of there decrease in numbers was the harsh deforestation. The sloths were put on the red list in 2006. The sloths are not currently listed under the United States Endangered Species Act (ESA) but in 2017 there will be a year long petition for them to make it onto the list.

The Pygmy Three Toed Sloth can only be found on the small Island of Escudo De Veraguas in South America.

The Sloth has three main threats. The first of these threats is commercial development four tourism and recreational use. This is destroying habitats and taking the lives of countless sloths. The Second threat to the species is the hunting and trapping of the animals. Are hunted for game and trapped to be taken to zoos or to be exotic pets. Since the Sloths are currently not listed on the ESA there are no official laws protecting them from hunting.This takes more and more sloths out of the environment everyday without them reproducing to create more. The last threat to the Pygmy Three Toed Sloth is the logging in there habitats. This destroys there home causing them to die.

There are currently less than 100 Pygmy Three Toed Sloths left in nature.

The current population trend for the Pygmy Three Toed Sloth is currently decreasing. This is because more and more people are traveling to their home Island for tourism and companies are taking resources from it which in turn takes lives of countless sloths. The population trend will not change unless we do something to stop it.

The Pygmy Three Toed Sloths is found in patches of mangroves on the interior of the island. They primarily feed on leaves of mangrove trees which consist of their diet. Since they have such a small population scientist have not been able to observe how they reproduce or how long the sloths live. The sloths do not move around to much unless they are looking for a mate. They usually spend their time in trees and stay there for much of their lives.

Sloths are very helpful to the environment around them. The give the tree they live on natural fertilizers which strengthen the tree. Sloths can also help prune trees by eating the young leaves. Sloths also provide a home for many other animals through there fur. Algae, beetles, and moths can be found in the fur of a sloth.

There are several actions in place to protect the sloths. There is constant monitoring on the species and protection available for them. There are organizations trying to educate people on the decreasing species. Since the Pygmy Three Toed Sloth are not on the United States Endangered Species Act (ESA) there are no laws protecting them at the time.

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BY, Ethan Talbot

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