Two-toed sloths coming to Indianapolis Zoo's upcoming "MISTery Park" exhibit

Hoffmann's two-toed sloth at La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. (Photo: Flickr/Geoff Gallice)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The next big guest at the Indianapolis Zoo could be hanging around awhile.

A spokesperson for the zoo tells Eyewitness News the new "MISTery Park" will include two-toed sloths as part of an attraction to teach more about the wildlife of the rainforest. Visitors will follow a pathway through a "foggy, cool mosaic of colorful flowers, mosses, trees and plants," which may include an encounter with parrots or one of the sloths.

The exhibit will also include misters to cool guests off and "actual nature sounds" recorded from a South American rainforest.

Zoo visitors will get their first chance to meet the sloths - one of the world's slowest mammals - over Memorial Day weekend next year.

MISTery Park is being constructed on the site of the former splash pad at the zoo, across from the entrance of the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center.

According to National Geographic, Hoffmann's two-toed sloths, the species that will be taking up residency in Indianapolis, are about two-feet long, weighing about 17 pounds. They are herbivores that live in the treetops.

The sloths are so slow, algae will grow on its furry coat, helping camouflage it in the forests of Central and South America.

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