Bradypus is a genus of sloth that includes three species: the brown-throated three-toed sloth, the maned sloth, and the pale-throated three-toed sloth. They are medium-sized mammals with a stocky body, short legs, and long arms. They have a shaggy coat of brown fur and a white face with a black mask. They are found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, living in the trees and rarely coming to the ground. Their lifespan is around 20 years and their current population is decreasing due to habitat destruction and hunting.
Name Origin: Bradypus is a genus of sloth that was first described by Johann Friedrich von Brandt in 1835. The name Bradypus is derived from the Greek words "bradys" meaning "slow" and "pous" meaning "foot". This is in reference to the slow-moving nature of sloths.
Related Species: Choloepus, Cryptoprocta, Cyclopes, Dactylopsila, Megalonychidae, Myrmecophaga, Tamandua