Sloth Encounters

Hang out with a two-toed sloth during our new sloth encounters at Southwick’s Zoo! These encounters provide zoo visitors with the opportunity to meet one of our sloths up close. Half of the proceeds from sloth encounters will be donated to the Sloth Institute, and the remaining 50% will help support our educational programming at Southwick’s Zoo.

Each encounter session will last approximately 30 minutes. Encounters begin with a brief talk focusing on sloth biology, ecology, and conservation efforts. Participants will then enter the sloth enclosure where they will be able to feed a sloth and possibly touch her. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee touching as it will depend on the animal’s comfort during the encounter. Participants will NOT be able to hold the sloths.

*Spots are very limited and must be reserved online in advance. Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of sloth encounters. Sorry, we cannot take requests for special dates/times for sloth encounters at this time.


Non-members: $69/person
EARTH Member: $59/person

Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.

Note: Pricing for sloth encounters DOES NOT include admission to the zoo. Admission is required and must be purchased separately either at the zoo’s entrance or online.

Encounter Guidelines

  • Sloth Encounters take place at the upper sloth habitat located across the EARTH Discovery Center. Please meet us at the Discovery Center by 10:30am on the morning of your scheduled encounter.
  • Sloth Encounter participants must be at least 10 years of age.
  • Each encounter date has a maximum of 4 people.
  • Only registered and paid sloth encounter participants are allowed into the sloth enclosure. Non-registered family and friends visiting the zoo are welcome to watch and take pictures from outside of the habitat however!
  • We suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals.
  • Participants will not be able to hold the sloths.
  • Sloth encounters take place rain or shine. Please be aware that, due to the limited availability, sloth encounters cannot be rescheduled.
  • We currently cannot take requests for custom dates/times. The only dates available are those listed on the registration page.

Click here for Sloth Encounter Dates & Registration

Registration for Sloth Encounters will open on Monday, May 14th at 9:00am.

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