Slowest Animal On the Planet
Can you guess which animal is labeled as one of the slowest on the planet? Here’s a hint: they spend most of their life hanging upside down in trees, and 15-20 hours of their day sleeping.
Not only are they one of the most extraordinarily unique animals in the animal kingdom, but they are also one of the world’s most adorable.
Figure it out yet? You guessed it, it’s the sloth!
SeaQuest, the world’s fastest-growing interactive aquarium and petting zoo, now features an amazing sloth encounter and experience near you.
With a sloth petting zoo right around the corner, it’s natural to want to visit these intriguing, fuzzy faced, upside down, slow-moving, gentle mammals.
Sloth Petting Zoo Near Me
During your SeaQuest sloth encounter and experience near you, you’ll learn some fun and fascinating facts about sloths.
For example, did you know that there are different types of sloths? There are both ”Two-Toed” and ”Three-Toed” sloths, and six different species. The sloth species includes the:
- Pygmy three-toed sloth
- Maned sloth
- Pale-throated sloth
- Brown-throated sloth
- Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth
- Hoffman’s two-toed sloth
The number one question visitors ask when going to a sloth petting zoo near them, and seeing a sloth for the first time, is “Why do sloths hang upside down?”; interestingly enough, a sloth will spend 90% of its life hanging upside down in its natural tree-filled habitat.
They do this because of their physiology.
A sloth’s main organs are attached to their ribcage, so by hanging upside down, they’re able to expand their lungs and breathe.
At the sloth attraction closest to you, you will learn that sloths also have one of the slowest metabolic rates in the animal kingdom, which is why they spend most of their day dozing off and sleeping.
One reason they move so slow is because of their diet of leaves, buds, stems, and some fruit.
When awake, sloths will slowly migrate from tree to tree using the canopy of vines within the tropical rainforests located in Central and South America.
Sloth Encounter Experience
With SeaQuest’s new sloth encounter and experience, you don’t have to travel to the tropical rainforest of Central or South America to interact with these amazing creatures.
You can now experience what it’s like to interact and pet a sloth right in your local mall!
Not only are they one of the funniest animals to interact with, but their natural curiosity will find them looking at themselves in a mirror, holding your phone while taking a selfie, and gently borrowing your sunglasses right off your face.
The SeaQuest petting zoo and sloth encounter will allow you to:
- Enter the sloth enclosure
- Pet, hold and feed the sloth
- Take pictures with the sloth
- Learn interesting sloth facts
- Learn about sloth behavior and diet
- Learn about sloth biology, ecology, and conservation efforts
- and much more!
Your local SeaQuest’s Two-toed sloth is ready and waiting for your visit.
Your memorable sloth interaction will be hosted by one of our expert SeaQuest trainers and they will provide details into the care and nurturing of our sloths.
You’ll also learn more about sloth conservation efforts and what you can do to help protect these beautiful and unique animals.
The SeaQuest sloth interaction is an experience that is fun, entertaining, nearby, and educational for the whole family!
At SeaQuest, we LOVE what we do. We love connecting people with amazing animals and marine life from around the planet.
You can never know too much and you should never stop learning. That is why SeaQuest serves as an exceptional educational experience.
So we wanted to share with you some fun and intere-sting facts about one of the unique marine species that call SeaQuest home.
Facts About Stingrays
- There are over 75 different species of stingrays!
- Stingrays don’t have bones; instead, they are made up of 100% cartilage!
- A baby stingray is called a pup, just like a baby shark!
- Their long tails are used for defense, also known as a barb!
- River-rays are also closely associated with stingrays but live in freshwater rivers.
- Typically, stingrays search for shrimp, clams, snails, small fish and oysters near or under the sand.
Stingrays are flattened fish and one of the coolest looking creatures of the sea. They come in many shapes and sizes and are also closely related to sharks! They live in shallow, calm coastal waters in tropical and subtropical areas.
Stingrays usually spend their days buried beneath the sand and moving with the motions of the waves.
When they’re not peacefully drifting, you can find stingrays searching for their next meal.
Because their eyes are on the top of their head and their mouth is underneath their body, they can’t actually see what they’re eating.
Stingrays use their senses just like we do! For them to pick up their prey, they use their senses of touch, smell, hearing and by detecting the electrical signals admitted by its prey. Stingrays are carnivores, which means they eat animals that are smaller than themselves.
Swimming With Stingrays
One of the best things about SeaQuest is that it was made for you to experience MORE.
Part of swimming with stingrays is exposing yourself to more than just feeding stingrays.
Conquer your fears, create lasting memories, learn about the unique traits stingrays embrace and dive right into your next adventure!
Brace yourselves and get ready to hold your breath as our stingray experts take you under the sea to learn all about stingray habitats, stingray biology, the underwater ecosystem and other beautiful big fish that call SeaQuest home.
We’re so excited to spend a week celebrating one of our favorite animals … SHARKS! ??
Sharks play an important role in our oceans. They are at the top of the food chain in just about every part of the ocean and help maintain a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately, we pose a greater risk to their species than they pose for us.
According to WildAid, fins from as many as 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year. Currently more than 70 shark species are at risk of extinction. Conservation organizations are helping educate the consumer to reduce the demand for shark fin trade related products in an effort to maintain the shark population stable, and in turn, the oceans’ ecosystem.
Here are five things you may not know sharks do for you, as described by Conservation International:
- Sharks keep the ocean in check. They weed out weak and sick animals, and through their feeding help keep the ecosystem healthy, down to the quantities of algae.
- Sharks could hold cures for diseases. Their tissue has anticoagulant and antibacterial properties that could help as treatment for viruses. Replicating these aspects of their tissue already has led to advances in technology to reduce the proliferation of super bugs in hospitals.
- Sharks keep the carbon cycle in motion. By feeding on dead matter that collects on the seafloor, deep-sea sharks and other scavengers help move carbon through the ocean.
- Sharks have led to smarter design. Their agility and speed in the water has led to advances, like the shark inspired swimsuit, to make swimmers sleeker and less resistant in the water.
- Shark tourism is great for local economies. Shark tourism generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Join us at SeaQuest this Shark Week for special activities, meet & greets, amazing discounts, and MORE! Plus save 20% on shark items!!
Every year, the Weber School Foundation hosts the Christmas Tree Jubilee in Ogden. The event collects donations of decorated wreaths and Christmas trees to auction off in benefit of Weber School District.
This year, through SeaQuest Cares initiatives, SeaQuest Utah decorated a tree for the Christmas Tree Jubilee which raised $300 for The Weber School Foundation.
Over 33,000 children are enrolled in the Weber School District and the Weber School Foundation helps them all! The donations go to support field trips, all abilities playgrounds, grants for schools and teachers, literacy programs, “Leader in Me,” STEM, district art show, extracurricular clubs and athletics, special needs adaptive equipment, recreational equipment, lift systems, transportation, and much more.
SeaQuest Las Vegas hosted the 2018 Adoption Exchange Celebration on November 26th. Families that adopted during 2018 were able to enjoy a memorable night filled with laughter, fun, and interactions with animals from all around the world, with a total of 226 people attending the celebration. This was SeaQuest’s 2nd year hosting the Adoption Exchange’s event and we love helping new families create life long memories. Just look at how much fun they had!
About The Adoption Exchange
“The Adoption Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that was founded in 1983 to help establish safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Although the Exchange was initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years and engenders a powerful impact on national trends in child welfare, employs over 50 paid staff, and counts on scores of volunteers to carry out its mission.
Today, The Adoption Exchange continues to innovate the adoption process by working towards creating a world where every waiting child will find a permanent family. Through rigorous collaboration with state, federal, and other relevant agencies, we focus on innovative child-specific strategies that provide vibrant pre- and post-adoption services that speed waiting children to caring and loving relationships that last.”
Learn more about The Adoption Exchange at their website, www.adoptex.org