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Sloth Experience

Are you looking for a magical and truly unforgettable experience meeting our sloths? Why not take part in our sloth encounter?

This unique experience will give you the chance to come face to face with our incredible sloths!

Our Sloth Close Encounter Experience can be purchased as a treat for yourself, for a loved one or a friend. A once-in-a-lifetime sloth experience would make the perfect present for any animal lover aged 5 and above! 

The sloth encounter is an amazing one-to-one experience lasting between 30 and 40 minutes which will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Please note sloths do not enjoy being touched, so we cannot allow participants to touch or hold our sloths. They do enjoy taking snacks directly from your hands!

During your sloth experience, you will go behind the scenes with one of our experienced keepers to prepare their favourite snacks before feeding them their special treats. You will get one-on-one time with the Zoo Keeper to answer all of your sloth questions, as well as a fantastic opportunity to get some amazingly close photos of the sloths from inside their enclosure.

Please be aware that our sloths share their enclosures with our fruit bats, Saki monkeys, silvery marmosets, golden lion tamarins, pygmy marmosets, and red-footed tortoises - so you may also encounter some of these animals at times during your experience

Your VIP Experience

Your sloth experience will begin at 3pm and last around 30 to 40 minutes and includes:

  • Admission into the zoo for the participant
  • Sloth food preparations in our Zoo Kitchen
  • The chance to feed one of our sloths
  • One-on-one time with a Zoo Keeper to ask any questions you may have
  • The opportunity for some close up sloth photography
  • You will receive an Animal Encounter certificate at the end of your sloth experience
  • Please be aware that the Sloth encounter takes place in enclosures which can only be accessed via steps.
  • We have two sloth enclosures at the Zoo and your experience may take place in either of these depending on availability
  • Sloths need very warm, humid environments and so during the winter months, experiences will take place inside to ensure our sloth's needs are being met.
  • These enclosures can be very warm and humid so we advise to wear layers of clothing that can be removed.
  • Our enclosures are also home to a number of other animals: Rodrigues fruit bats, Saki moneys, silvery marmosets, golden lion tamarins, red-footed tortoises, and pygmy marmosets.
  • Sloth encounters are strictly no-contact experiences


Vary depending on date. Please see our booking calendar to view prices

Drusillas Annual Members enjoy 25% off all VIP Experiences! Find out how to access your discount here

What's Included

  • Entry to the Park is included for the Sloth Experience participant(s).
  • Participants under 16 must be accommpanied by an adult who will require a valid day ticket.
  • An additional participant can be added if both participants are from the same group or family, and booked at the same time
  • Additional (non participating) guests will require a valid day ticket
  • Minimum age 5 years, no maximum age!

How to Book Your Sloth Experience

Physical Gift voucher holders (non-digital vouchers) will need to contact us to request a booking form. We regret that we are unable to make provisional bookings or take bookings over the phone.

Please read our Animal Experience Terms & Conditions before booking.

Please make sure you read our Health & Safety information before booking.

We strongly advise that anyone taking part in an animal encounter has an up-to-date tetanus vaccination. Tetanus is a serious infection that can be transmitted by animals. Should you wish to take part without up-to-date tetanus immunisation, you will be asked to complete a form to confirm you understand the potential risks involved. 

Upgrade Your Experience

Can't choose between our animal encounters? Don't! Spend the whole day with us by booking our Keeper for the Day experience and make many new furry friends!

Sloth Conservation

Did you know that sloths in the wild are facing serious threats to their future survival? Don't worry, you can help.

Our conservation partner, The Sloth Conservation Foundation, are working tirelessly to save sloths from extinction in the wild as they face devastating urbanisation in Costa Rica.

We raise money each year for SloCo through various fundraisers, and even went out to work alongside them in Costa Rica in 2023.

If you want to get involved and support their mission to save the world's slowest mammal there's lots of ways you can: