Sunday, 28 June 2015

More endangered pygmy sloths in Panama than previously estimated

Isolated species provides unique conservation opportunity

Date:June 26, 2015

Source:Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Summary:Pygmy sloths wander inland in addition to inhabiting the mangrove fringes of their island refuge. A researchers now suggests that the population size of the pygmy sloth has been underestimated; a new, higher estimate for the number of sloths on Panama's Escudo de Veraguas Island points to how little is known about the species, and it underscores the need to conserve the sloths' isolated home.

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