Following two weeks of voting as part of a naming contest for the Linne’s two-toed sloth born in Baltimore in late August, National Aquarium today announced the winning name – Camden. More than 4,000 votes were cast and over 1,000 were cast for the winning name, submitted as homage to the city and to Baltimore’s winning baseball season. Camden is the third sloth born at National Aquarium and the first born to Ivy, one of the four sloths in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.
Last month, as part of the naming contest, the public was invited to submit names for the sloth. After reviewing and considering all 1,726 entries that were submitted Iris, Camden, Waylay, Izzy and Luna were selected by a panel of National Aquarium staff from various departments. Although the panel was originally tasked with selecting four names, they were overwhelmed by the amount of incredible responses and decided to include an additional option.
There was an overwhelming support for all of the names. Luna was the runner up with 915 votes and Izzy came in third place with almost 850 votes.
“We are in love with Camden and so happy the public could join our Aquarium family to give the baby sloth a name,” said Steven Schindler, National Aquarium VP/CMO. “We are grateful for the immense support we received from our community, from suggesting names to voting on their favorite. It’s been a wonderful experience.”
In honor of Camden’s arrival, National Aquarium is asking the public to continue to support the sloths and rain forest collection through donations that can be made at aqua.org/donate.
The naming contest was launched in honor of International Sloth Day, which aims to bring awareness to illegal trafficking and the mistreatment of sloths in Central and South America. The AIUNA foundation, the starters of International Sloth Day, rehabilitate sloths that have been injured by power lines, hit by cars or sold illegally and release them back into the wild.
Sloths have been an ongoing part of the animal collection at National Aquarium. The two oldest sloths currently living in the rain forest, Syd and Ivy, were acquired in May 2007 from a private captive breeder in South Florida. The other two sloths, Howie and Xeno, were born at National Aquarium in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
Linne’s two-toed sloths are commonly found in South America’s rain forests, where they spend almost their entire lives in the trees. They are nocturnal by nature, fairly active at night while spending most of the day sleeping. Adult sloths are typically the size of a small dog, approximately 24-30 inches in length and about 12–20 pounds in weight.
The Linne’s two-toed sloth is currently not threatened however other species of sloth, such as the maned three-toed sloth and pygmy three-toed sloth are endangered. The sloths at National Aquarium, Baltimore help to inform people of the plight of all sloths from threats such as habitat loss and fragmentation of forests as well as to inspire conservation, protection and welfare of these and other animals. Forest fragmentation forces sloths to come to the ground to travel to additional food trees. On the ground, they become easy prey for dogs and humans. Additionally, many sloths are either killed or injured when trying to cross roadways, others are electrocuted by overhead electrical lines.
Ivy and Camden are free roaming in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.