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Maned Sloth

Papercraft kit : The quiet and docile Maned Sloth relaxing at the tops of trees.

Rare Animals of the World

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The maned sloth, characterized by its black mane, is a peaceful animal that lives in trees. The species is currently classified as "Vulnerable [VU]" in the Red List.

Assembly instructions for the Paper Craft model of the cute sloth may be downloaded from this web site. A photo image of a completed model may be downloaded as well.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in July, 2001.

Maned Sloth - Animal Guide

  • Maned Sloth - Bradypodidae
  • Bradypus torquatus
  • Length: 40 - 50 cm (approximately 16 - 20 in.) / Weight: 3.6 - 4.5 kg (approximately 7.9 - 9.9 lb.) / Tail Length: 3 - 7 cm (approximately 1.2 - 2.8 in.)
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Vulnerable [VU]

The maned sloth, a sub-species of the three-toed sloths, is a nocturnal animal. The species spends many hours hanging in trees, using its long curved claws that hook over and grasp the boughs. The species is characterized by forelimbs that are longer than its hindlimbs, a cute, small, round face, and grayish-brown stiff hair. However, the sloth is even more distinguishable for its long, black mane around its head and neck, as suggested in its name.
The creature's neck is flexible enough to turn up to 270 degrees around, which enables it to reach the nearby foliage, flowers, and buds that are its chief diet. The species feeds only on plants that are not very nutritious, but it still manages to take in the necessary nutrients.
Due to its constricted stomach structure and bacteria permanently inhabiting its digestive system, the species is able to digest food very efficiently. The sloth descends to the ground only once each week in order to defecate and urinate in a hole it has dug at the base of the tree.
The female sloth produces a single offspring after a 120 to 180-day pregnancy. The newborn sloth is well taken care of in the mother's arms for six to nine months, which resembles the behavior of the koala bear.
The sloth moves slowly due to the lack of well-developed muscles throughout its entire body.
The species actually spends most of its life hanging from trees. Although it is very slow on the ground, amazingly, the sloth shows much greater skill in the water.


The maned sloth inhabits the tropical forests along the Atlantic coast of Southern Brazil.
The species is actually in danger of extinction due to deforestation. Field burning and forest fires have also contributed to the decrease in number of the species.
As a matter of fact, a number of burned sloths are often found in those places. The sloth is also caught for food, medicine, and as a pet. The exact number of the species is currently unknown, but actual protection is being urgently carried out.

Habitat range: Tropical forests along the Atlantic coast of Southern Brazil

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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