|Endangered Species: Sloth
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Mike from Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Gazin, Charles (1957) Exploration for the Remains of Giant
Ground Sloths in Panama, Groiler Ellectronic Publishing, Inc.
here for more information on the Sloth!
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Last updated on March 12, 1997