Bicentennial In Costa Rica 1821-2021 National Symbol Sloth Bear

On July 14, 2021 by means of the draft of the bill file 22.167, in which it is determined that the 2 species of sloths, the two-toed Choloepus hoffmanni and the three-toed Bradypus variegatus, and their name comes from their slow movements that also transfer to their metabolism. In Costa Rica they have a distribution along the Caribbean and Pacific slopes. They are often recognized by their pig-like nose with hair that tends to be blond or brown. The brown-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) is diurnal, meaning they are active during the day. They have 3 “fingers” on their “hands” and 3 “toes” on their “feet”. They are often recognized by their “Pura Vida Smile”, a black mark on the mouth and a black “mask” around the eyes. Their hair is “salt and pepper” colored, meaning it is black, gray and white. The legal project establishes that the Ministry of Environment and Energy will watch over the protection of these two species of sloths, while the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation will promote the regulation of speed limits in sites identified as sensitive for the free movement of these mammals. It is important to remember that these animals are in danger of extinction. That is why part of declaring them national symbols is to expand their margin of protection.

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