International Sloth Day - October
Thu, Oct 20, 2022

International Sloth Day

International Sloth Day takes place on the third Thursday of October, in 2022 it falls on October 20th. Sloths are mammals famous for their slowness and laziness, habitats of South and Central America. There are two main types of sloths – three-toed and two-toed. Outwardly, although they look like a monkey, their closest relatives are armadillos and anteaters.


International Sloth Day created the AIUNAU Foundation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Colombia’s wildlife. AIUNAU started working with sloths in 1996. The main habitat of sloths are tropical forests. They move slowly, about 40 yards a day, eating leaves and branches along the way. They have a very low metabolic rate, which is why sloths can sleep 15-20 hours a day, but they are excellent swimmers.

Unfortunately, when sloths emerge from the rainforest into open spaces, they become as defenseless as possible against predators. This is due to the fact that their limbs are designed for hanging and grasping, but not for supporting their weight. For comparison, the muscles of the sloth of the total body weight occupy only 25-30%, and in other mammals 40-45%.

Interesting facts

  • the oldest known sloth named Paula lives in a German zoo – she is 53 years old;
  • most of the life of a sloth is spent on a tree;
  • sloth fur contains a whole ecosystem of beetles, moths, algae, they give the fur a green color, which helps to hide in trees;
  • can turn their head almost 360 degrees.

How to celebrate

Forget about all your worries and just relax at home, take a walk around the neighborhood enjoying the views, go to new places for yourself. Walk, eat and do your hobbies. Make a sloth decoration or a toy. Any materials, anything you can find at home. Perhaps you will get a beautiful plush sloth. There are thousands of instructions for crafts on the Internet. Just enjoy this day, watch movies or shows about sloths like “Ice Age”.

When is International Sloth Day celebrated in 2022?

International Sloth Day is observed on the third Thursday of October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday October 20 2022
Thursday October 19 2023
Thursday October 17 2024
Thursday October 16 2025
Thursday October 15 2026

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