Take a ‘slothie’ at Wild Florida

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If you’ve ever dreamed of tak­ing a “slothie” — a selfie with a sloth — Wild Florida can make that a re­al­ity.

Lo­cated in Ke­nansville, about 40 miles south of Or­lando, the an­i­mal park of­fers two-toed sloth encounters at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day.

Up to 10 guests en­ter the sloths’ en­clo­sure dur­ing each en­counter. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get the bonus of in­ter­act­ing with the iguana that re­sides with the sloths.

Dur­ing my en­counter with Ari, the fe­male sloth, she was happy to en­ter­tain her guests, while Guy, the male sloth, pre­ferred his rest­ing spot in­side a ceramic pot.

The han­dler quickly moved Ari to a perch in the cen­ter of the en­clo­sure so ev­ery­one had a good view, giv­ing Ari an ear of corn to keep her oc­cu­pied as some sloth facts were shared. My COMMENTARY hus­band’s fa­vorite tid­bit: Sloths only poop once a week and can lose up to a third of their body weight each time they go.

As the han­dler talks, guests have the op­por­tu­nity to take their sloth­ies and in­ter­act with the sloths. You can’t hold them, but you can pet their heads.

We spent our time (about 15-20 min­utes) with Ari, since Guy wasn’t in the mood to in­ter­act.

The sloth en­counter costs $41.93 plus tax, and reser­va­tions are re­quired. If you book an an­i­mal en­counter, you also get free ad­mis­sion to Wild Florida, so plan to stick around the park for a bit to explore the an­i­mal ex­hibits. You can feed some goats and al­pacas in the pet­ting zoo, catch some an­i­mal shows and grab a bite to eat at the Chomp House.

In ad­di­tion to the sloth en­counter, Wild Florida of­fers a VIP sloth ex­pe­ri­ence — up to four guests each day get to feed and hold a sloth dur­ing this lim­ited-time event that costs $213.93 plus tax and takes place at 9 a.m. Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days.

The park also has ring­tailed lemur, African crested por­cu­pine, ga­tor and al­bino ga­tor encounters. Other Wild Florida ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude din­ing with an al­li­ga­tor, a chance to be a keeper for a day or a be­hind-the-scenes tour of the wildlife park.

For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ing, go to wild­floridair­boats.com/an­i­ma­len­coun­ters/.

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