National Aviary Introduces New Baby Girl Sloth


01/09/2018

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Robin Weber,  National Aviary Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations

412-258-9435 / robin.weber@aviary.org

 

National Aviary Introduces New Baby Girl Sloth

New Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth Will Be Hand-Raised as Educational Ambassador for Rainforest Species 

January 9, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) –  The National Aviary today introduced its new Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth – a baby girl born August 21, 2017 – to the public, and she is already winning hearts. Her name is Vivien, named after actress Vivien Leigh. Vivien Leigh and Rudolph Valentino were classic film stars of the 20s and 30s.

      Measuring about 14 ½” long and weighing almost 2.5 pounds, Vivien made her appearance in the arms of her caretakers, tucked cozily in a fuzzy pink blanket.  National Aviary Director of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Pilar Fish conducted a checkup to assess her growth and overall health, and at the end of the exam pronounced the little sloth in excellent health.

       Vivien the sloth will be hand-raised by National Aviary experts, so that she’ll be comfortable around people and well prepared for her role as an educational ambassador.  Sloths are rainforest animals whose habitat is rapidly diminishing due to human activity. Guests who meet the new baby sloth will learn about the importance of conservation and what steps they can take to protect rainforest creatures. Visitors can see the baby sloth during daily sloth talks at 12:30 pm beginning January 9 (included with admission). In addition, guests will have the opportunity to book an interactive encounter with her beginning February 1st in which guests can touch the sloth, take photos, and interact with her in a comfortable, private setting. 

Two other sloths – Valentino and Wookiee – also make their home at the National Aviary. 

       “We are delighted to welcome another sloth,” says National Aviary Executive Director Cheryl Tracy. “Public response to the arrival of Valentino in 2016 was and has continued to be overwhelmingly positive, and with so much interest in seeing and learning about this remarkable species, we felt that the time was right to introduce another.  Like Valentino, this precious little girl sloth will be an ambassador for her species, and for all those creatures that live in the rain forests and cloud forests of Central and South America. And we hope that one day, several years down the road, Vivien and Valentino will become parents to new sloths born at the National Aviary.”

         The baby sloth will greet visitors daily at 12:30 p.m. beginning January 9, during one of her regular feeding times.  Beginning February 1, visitors may book a 30-minute private encounter during which they will learn about the species and have the opportunity to touch the sloth, and take photos.

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About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located 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. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.