Metro Richmond Zoo opens new sloth exhibit, rain forest habitat

Metro Richmond Zoo opens new sloth exhibit, rain forest habitat
The Metro Richmond Zoo will be opening a new sloth exhibit and a rain forest habitat. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - The Metro Richmond Zoo announced it will be opening a new sloth exhibit and a rain forest habitat.

The new habitat will be called, ‘Animals of the Amazon', which will feature different species of animals native to the Amazon Rain Forest and other parts of South America.

The Metro Richmond Zoo announced it will be opening a new sloth exhibit.
The Metro Richmond Zoo announced it will be opening a new sloth exhibit. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)

The habitat is designed to mimic layers of a natural ecosystem such as turtles in the water below, tortoises and rodents on the forest floor, and sloths living in the foliage above.

Red-rumped agouti (a type of rodent)
Red-rumped agouti (a type of rodent) (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)

The species featured will include:

  • Two-toed sloth
  • Red-rumped agouti (a type of rodent)
  • Two species of tortoise
  • Two species of turtle
A species of turtle.
A species of turtle. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)

The Animals of the Amazon exhibit allows guest to see different species of animals coexisting as they might in the wild.

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