Aug
 
22

St. Augustine Alligator Farm debuts newest (and sleepiest) residents

Posted by: Cathy Eng in Local Activities, News
 

St. Augustine’s newest residents fit perfectly into our laid back, coastal lifestyle. In fact, they sleep up to 20 hours a day and spend most of their time lounging in trees at their new home in the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

Meet Teddy and Grizzly, two mature sloths who moved to the Alligator Farm this summer and made their debut to visitors last week.

The male and female Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloths were brought to St. Augustine from Busch Gardens in Tampa and spent much of the summer in quarantine to ensure their safe acclimation to their new home. Their Alligator Farm rainforest habitat, which was built just for Teddy and Grizzly, mimics their native environment in Central and South America.

But don’t expect a spectacle on par with the park’s alligator feedings and wildlife shows. Sloths, named for their slow movements and low metabolism, are nocturnal and will likely be sleeping during your visit! Nevertheless, they are easily visible in their new habitat.

While there won’t be any sloth performances, the Alligator Farm offers plenty of exciting shows and hands-on activities to enjoy while you visit Teddy and Grizzly. Click here to see a schedule of all daily shows.

If you haven’t been in a while, it’s time to plan another visit as the park adds new attractions all the time. In addition to the new sloths, check out the many alligators and crocodiles, as well as exotic birds, reptiles, tortoises, lemurs and more. There are also plenty of activities like the Crocodile Crossing Zipline, Fossil Dig and Kid’s Zone. Don’t miss the Native Swamp & Rookery where you can feed the alligators (who always seem to be hungry!)

The Alligator Farm is located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard (A1A) in St. Augustine. The park is open 365 days a year. For information, visit alligatorfarm.com or call 904.824.3337.

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