- Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:30
- Written by IVN
San Diego, California - The youngest member of the San Diego Zoo's animal ambassador team now has a name: Xena. With over 1,100 votes, the public voted on the name Xena, the taxonomic superorder Xenarthra comprised of armadillos, sloths and anteaters, for the little girl. The name Dulce, which is Spanish for sweet, came in second with over 900 votes.
Guests can see the five-month-old Linnaeus's two-toed sloth during special animal presentations around the Zoo where she is currently being trained to meet people as an animal ambassador.
"Xena is such a pleasure to work with, and it is always so fun to see how she is so curious and interested in the people she meets," said Rick Schwartz, San Diego Zoo Global ambassador. "None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the great team of animal care staff working with her every day and her unique and outgoing personality."
Sloths are slow-moving, solitary, arboreal, forest-dwelling nocturnal herbivores, found in tropical forests and cloud forests in Central and South America. Their sharp claws are 3 to 4 inches long and come in handy for hanging onto trees.
Sloths sleep 15 to 18 hours per day and (slowly) look for food the rest of the day.
Throughout October, the San Diego Zoo is celebrating Kids Free presented by Mission Fed by offering children 11 years old and younger free admission. Visitors can experience kid-friendly activities, educational shows, watch and learn about different animal enrichment, and may even have the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors like Xena up-close. For more information on Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, show times and activity schedules, visit www.sandiegozoo.org/kidsfree
The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction. The Conservancy makes possible the wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) of the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and international field programs in more than 35 countries. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.