Furry residents of the tropical forest

Panama has three species of sloths: the Hoffman´s Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni), the Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus), and the unique Pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), restricted to the Escudo de Veraguas Island, an island about 2 hours by boat from Tranquilo Bay.

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Two Hoffman´s Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)

The life of all the sloths occur mostly at the trees, where they perform extremely well, they are also good swimmers, but don’t do it in a regular basis, only when its needed; they try to avoid the ground, where they are more vulnerable to potential predators (one of their main predators are big cats, and a sloth on the ground will be an easy meal).

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Hoffman´s Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)

Two-toed Sloths are slightly larger than three-toed Sloths, harder to see, because of their nocturnal habits, never the less, they can be observed during the day, actively moving or feeding, for short periods of time. You can imagine how happy we where when we found those two Hoffman´s Two-toed Sloths, when we encounter them a few weeks ago, taking a siesta and eating a snack in a very open area, at eye level!

Parrots at the Tower

A few days ago, we enjoyed the flight of Red-lored Amazon (and some Mealy Parrot) couples.  These parrots were going back home, to their perches in the Bastimentos Marine National Park, which borders Tranquilo Bay.   Since we are adjacent to the park, every morning and afternoon, as a daily ritual, they will fly over our observation tower making us feel very fortunate.

The ritual consists of them arriving and landing in any fruiting or flowering tree, where they will have their last meal of the day.  Suddenly and very noisily they will fly, always in pairs (except when the chick accompanies its parents, so you are seeing a family if there are three) to perch on the trees of the national park.  Once they arrive in the park, they will get a deserved rest after a hard day. In the morning, that protocol will be repeated but in the opossite direction, in the search of an early breakfast to get energy for the new day that is starting.

This same ritual that we have observed here for 14 years now, suggests that, generation after generation they have been using this same route and the inhabitants of this peninsula have enjoyed their noisy call and nervous flight all that time.

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