Ripley’s Aquarium announces grand opening for ‘Sloth Valley’

Published: May. 11, 2023 at 9:09 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2023 at 5:15 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The grand opening for Ripley’s Aquarium “Sloth Valley” exhibit is May 19.

The venue features the two-toed sloths in their new habitat along with a brand-new Discovery Center.

The exhibit is currently already in a soft opening

These super slow, cute creatures move at about .46 feet per second but can reach speeds 50% faster when excited. On average, sloths travel 41 yards per day—less than half the length of a football field, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.

Sloths might appear slow due to laziness; however, their lack of speed comes from their low-energy diet of leaves, buds, tender twigs, young plant shoots, fruits, and flowers.

If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, Ripley’s is offering a video call from Rico or Cleo, one of Ripley’s two-toed sloths!

For more information and updates on Sloth Valley, click here.