Celebrate International Sloth Awareness Day at the National Aviary


National Aviary News

Contact: Robin Weber, Senior Director of Marketing and Community Relations 

412.258.9435, robin.weber@aviary.org 

(PITTSBURGH) – October 19, 2018 -- Saturday, October 20 is International Sloth Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate this remarkable species, and to remember that they and their wild habitats need our protection, than at the National Aviary. 

The National Aviary is home to three Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths:  Wookiee, Valentino and Vivien.  Visitors can see Wookiee high up in the trees in the recently renovated Tropical Rainforest habitat, while Valentino appears twice-daily in Amazing Amazon in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater. This interactive live bird presentation features a variety of bird species native to the Amazon, and calls attention to the need for conservation action, and the steps that everyone can take to preserve rainforest habitats. During Amazing Amazon, Valentino demonstrates his agile – and not as slow as you’d think – climbing skills, while representing his species.  Audiences learn about sloths and their natural behaviors, and the threats faced by sloths and other rainforest creatures in the wild.

For the sloth lover on your holiday list, gift certificates are also available to purchase a private, up-close Sloth Encounter with Vivien or Valentino, or a membership for a full year of sloth love! The National Aviary gift shop is stocked with sloth-themed gift items, including plush animals, books, jewelry, home, décor stationery and more.  National Aviary admission is not required to shop.  

For more information, call 412.323.7235, or log on to www.aviary.org.  

About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. 

The National Aviary inspires respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

Enjoy VIDEO and PHOTOS of all three sloths!