This is Sid, he is our resident sloth at Timbavati Wildlife Park. You can usually catch him in our interaction area and at Wildlife Presentations. We are experiencing a large volume of inquiries about Sid with visitors regularly asking if they can touch a sloth. Most people take the sloth’s slow speed for granted. If you’ve never had an up close interaction with a sloth, you wouldn’t consider them to be a dangerous animal.
While sloths are pretty even tempered there is a trained way to handle them. Our professional animal handlers have relationships with all of the animals in the park. As cuddly as they might appear, a sloth can bite you. For this reason, we don’t allow guests to handle them. You can get really close but we will maintain a safe distance for both you and Sid to comfortably enjoy each other’s company.“