When the zoo closed its Night Exhibit in March because of budget cuts, it promised that some of the buildings residents would remain at the zoo in other areas.
Sloths, bats, small anteaters and springhaas are now back on view in the newly renovated exhibits in the Adaptations Building, near the new meerkats exhibit.
Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.
Two-toed sloths, tamanduas (small anteaters native to South America), Rodrigues fruit bats, and springhaas (small rodents native to southeastern Africa) were selected to remain at the zoo because they are active during daylight hours as well. The other nocturnal animals have been moved to other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), or are in the process of being moved.
Nearly $40,000 was raised to help toward the long-term care of the animals staying at the zoo, thanks to private contributions and a $20,000 grant from the BNSF Foundation.