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Zoo event celebrates arrival of young sloth & International Sloth Day

Submitted Photo This young sloth, named Helen, has arrived at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot but will not be making an appearance to see visitors for awhile. International Sloth Day will be observed at the zoo on Tuesday with a spaghetti dinner for the zoo’s conservation initiatives.

Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot will celebrate International Sloth Day on Tuesday with a spaghetti dinner. The new sloth habitat in the Visitor Center will also be unveiled but a young sloth who recently arrived at the zoo, will not be available to meet visitors yet.

Proceeds of the event will go to the Change4Change Conservation Fund to support the zoo’s various conservation initiatives, said Nicole Barnhart, education, conservation and outreach coordinator at the zoo.

The spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. in the Visitors Center auditorium.

Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center in advance or at the door.

Adults will get their dinner in a mug and kids will get their dinner in a color changing cup. A sloth will be pictured on the mugs and cups. Visitors can eat their dinner in the auditorium or in the zoo. Gluten-free spaghetti will also be available.

Barnhart said a drive-through will be available for those who wish to get their spaghetti dinner to go.

The zoo’s new sloth is five or six-months old and came to Minot from a facility in Florida, Barnhart said.

Sloths are slow-moving animals that in the wild spend their lives hanging about in the trees of Central and South America

The zoo’s young sloth has been named “Helen” for the grandmothers of anonymous donors who made possible the new sloth habitant and the young sloth, Barnhart said.

The new sloth habitant is in the location of the tamarins who went to Dallas World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas.

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