Sloth moves into slow lane at Banham Zoo as there is lot of monkeying around

A male Linne’s two-toed sloth and a group of gelada monkeys are now calling Banham Zoo their home

A male Linne’s two-toed sloth and a group of gelada monkeys are now calling Banham Zoo their home - Credit: Archant

He may not be the quickest of animals at Banham Zoo but this male Linne's two-toed sloth is proving a hit with visitors to the attraction's Eureka sub-tropical enclosure.

A male Linne’s two-toed sloth and a group of gelada monkeys are now calling Banham Zoo their home

A male Linne’s two-toed sloth and a group of gelada monkeys are now calling Banham Zoo their home - Credit: Archant

The sloth can be seen hanging from branches above visitors in a specially adapted section of the enclosure.

The species from South America is managed within a European breeding programme and the zoo has already been in contact in the hope of acquiring a female for the enclosure.

A zoo spokesman said: 'The zoo has equipped his living space with a network of branches, enabling him to live in the area directly above the zoo's visitors, with its lush flora and warm year-round temperatures, it has proved to be a perfect habitat for its latest occupant.'

The zoo has plans to expand its volunteer base with specific Eureka explorers – visitor engagement volunteers who will be based within the sub-tropical house and will inform guests about the myriad of plants and animals living in this exciting area.


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Another addition to the zoo's menagerie has seen four male gelada monkeys make the journey down from Edinburgh Zoo to a large grassed enclosure that previously housed colobus monkeys.

Gelada live in the Ethiopian Highlands with large populations found in the Simien Mountains and primarily eat grass.

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The zoo spokesman added: 'The four males have settled in well and are making full use of the large open topped grassed enclosure which is very well suited to their needs.'

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