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Sloth Encounters

 2024 Sloth Encounters

Sloth Encounters will begin on June 16, 2024!

Sloth Encounter Frequently Asked Questions

Will Sloth Encounters be offered in 2024? When will they start?
Yes! Sloth Encounters are available every week during the summer. We are beginning sloth encounters on June 16, 2024! 

Can I purchase a Sloth Encounter gift certificate? Can I book a Sloth Encounter as a gift for someone or for a special occasion?
Sorry! Gift certificates are not available for Sloth Encounters, and we do not take special requests. Sloth Encounter dates are released one week at a time to account for weather, staff availability, and the behavior of the sloths. Registration is only available online, first come, first served, and spots are very limited.

Can I reserve a sloth encounter for next year?
Sloth Encounters cannot be booked/reserved before registration opens. Encounters must be booked online through the Eventbrite page.

Is there a waitlist?

Sorry, there is not a waitlist for Sloth Encounters.

Can I reschedule my encounter?

Due to high demand, rescheduling an encounter is NOT permitted.

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 Hang out with a two-toed sloth at our sloth encounters at Southwick’s Zoo! These encounters provide zoo visitors with the opportunity to meet one of the sloths up close. Half of proceeds from sloth encounters will be donated to the Sloth Institute, and the remaining proceeds will help support our educational programming at Southwick’s Zoo.

Each encounter session will last approximately 20 minutes. Participants will meet zoo staff at the front gate to Southwick’s Zoo at 9:45AM. Encounters begin with a brief talk focusing on sloth biology, conservation, and the sloths living at the zoo. Participants will enter the enclosure with one of the Educators and have the opportunity to feed the sloth (depending on their behaviors). Participants will NOT be able to hold the sloths.

*Spots are VERY limited and must be reserved online in advance. Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of sloth encounters. Gift certificates are not available for sloth encounters.

Note: Sorry, gift certificates are not available for sloth encounters. Please remember that sloth encounters cannot be reserved or purchased before registration opens for the season. We cannot take special requests for dates and times. There is not a wait list for Sloth Encounters. Encounter spots are limited and only available online first-come, first-served.

2024 Pricing

Non-member: $139 (+ processing fee)

EARTH Ltd. Member: $119 (+ processing fee)

*Must be a current EARTH member at the time of registration to receive the member discount. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

Note: Pricing for sloth encounters DOES include admission to the zoo. 

Rules & Guidelines

  • Participants will not be allowed hold the sloths.
  • All Sloth Encounter participants must be at least 8 years of age.
  • Only registered and paid sloth encounter participants are allowed into the sloth enclosure. Non-registered family and friends visiting the zoo are welcome to watch and take pictures from outside of the habitat!
  • Encounter time is 9:45 am, please be on time.
  • Please be aware: due to the limited availability, sloth encounters cannot be rescheduled. If participants do not show up or are more than 10 minutes late to their scheduled encounter, the encounter cannot be refunded or rescheduled.
  • Refunds are not available for Sloth Encounters.
  • We suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals.
  • Sloth encounters take place rain or shine.
  • Zoo passes, gift cards, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of sloth encounters.
  • We cannot take requests for custom dates/times. The only dates available are those listed on the registration page. Please note that sloth encounters cannot be reserved or purchased before registration opens for the season.
  • Please be aware that there is not a wait list for sloth encounters.

Sloth Encounter dates are released each week on Thursday’s at 10:00am.

Note: Sloth Encounters can sell out VERY quickly.

If the Eventbrite page says “Unavailable” or doesn’t show a register button, refresh until it specifically says “Sold Out”. If it says “Unavailable”, there is potential for spots to open back up if someone does not complete their registration.

Located at Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick’s Street

Mendon, MA 01756



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