Sloths: Effects of Habitat Loss

This discussion topic submitted by Leanna O'Grady ( at 4:26 pm on 3/20/01. Additions were last made on Wednesday, November 13, 2002.

I. Types of Sloths
A. Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
B. Pale-Throated Three-toed Sloth
C. Caned Three-toed Sloth
D. Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth
E. Southern Two-toed Sloth
II. Habitat needs
A. Food
B. Shelter
III. General Life Cycle
IV. A day in the life of a sloth
V. How habitat loss has effected the sloth in Costa Rica
A. Changes in Food sources
B. Changes in habitat
C. Changes in reproduction
VI. Other human effects on sloths
VII. What has been done and what can be done

I am interested in learning more about the sloth in general. The focus of my paper is a general background on sloths and then a look at how habitat loss and human impacts have effected the sloth population in Costa Rica.


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