Endangered Species: Sloth

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Mike from Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.

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Sloth

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Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I want to find out the sloth's habitat, features, and other amusing things. I want to know if it is a big or small animal, and if it is a meat or plant eater. I also want to find out facts about this animal, so I can learn about more species in nature. I also need to have an intelligent mind,so I can help endangered animals in the world. Plus I want to be able to keep the animals alive for others to research.

What Was Already Known

  Before I have researched the sloth, I knew some things about it, but I've seen pictures of it. I knew the sloth is losing its home, because people are cutting the trees down and the tree is the sloth's habitat.
  I already knew that the sloth was a very slow and hairy mammal. I also knew the sloth was endangered.

Search for Information

  The first place I searched was on the Internet. The second and last place I looked for information was in Grolier Encyclopedia.   I only encounterd one problem, and that was the web site on the Internet did not tell the reason for the sloth's endangerment. I found the reason for the sloth's endangerment on another web site.

Description of Plant or Animal

  The sloth is usually about 20 to 27 inches in length, and it is about ten to 20 pounds in weight. The sloth looks like and has the shape of a dog with a cut off tail. The sloth has a yellow band around its eyes and a black cap on its head. It can also be other colors. That is what the picture I've seen shows of the sloth.

Habitat Requirements

  The sloth eats leaves and other plants. It drinks water that is in lakes or collected on leaves. The sloth's shelter is in bushes or under trees. The sloth has a lot of space, since it spends most of its time in trees. It does not spend much time on the ground, because it is slow and easy to catch meal for predators. That is why the sloth needs a lot of trees and plants to live in its environment.

Adaptations

  The sloth is a good tasting meal for a jaguar and other predators. The sloth has algae growing on its fur, which helps it be camouflaged in the treetops. The sloth is a hard animal to search and hunt for, because it sits quietly in the trees when predators come. The sloth gets eaten mostly by jaguars and cougars.

Reasons for Endangerment

  The sloth is losing its home. The sloth has a some population in certain places like South America. The sloth is an odd and amazing creature. It has been on earth for millions of years. The sloth was on earth before people were, so we should give it some respect and freedom to survive without being endangered.

Restoration Actions

  There have only been some actions taken by peaple who are interested in saving the sloth or think that they are so called cute. If I were in charge of protecting the sloth, I would find out where sloths have been sighted,and prevent people from cutting trees down without a permit.

What Was Learned

  I learned that the sloth is a slow animal. That it eats plants, not meat. Its interesting features are that it has algae growing on its back to help it blend in with the trees. I learned that there were hundreds of beatles on one sloth. The beatles eat the ticks and other insects that might annoy the sloth's skin. I learned that the sloth is a very harmless animal to most other mammals.

Conclusions From Research

  I was aware that I had to find one specific sloth instead of just sloth. I need to be more careful when I through away my trash to help this species stay alive, because it gets tangled in it. I had to spend more time finding information on the sloth. I've experience searching for information on animals or other subjects. I have searched on animals many times, so I know how to be confident in my search.

Bibliography

Gazin, Charles (1957) Exploration for the Remains of Giant Ground Sloths in Panama, Groiler Ellectronic Publishing, Inc.
"http://weber.u.washington.edu/~hammill/iba/sldesc.html" Sloths
"http://www-swiss,ai.mit.edu/cr/moon/mammals.html" Mammals
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