WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ms. Chips, a 46- year-old two-toed sloth and longtime resident of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, died overnight Tuesday. She lived well beyond the median life expectancy for female two-toed sloths in human care which is 15-years-old.
Ms. Chips was born at the Zoo March 2, 1972. She lived the majority of her life at the Small Mammal House in a multi-species exhibit with other sloths. She shared her current exhibit with coppery titi monkey Mo and screaming hairy armadillo Dylan. Keepers remember Ms. Chips as a gentle and sweet sloth, though she preferred to keep to herself instead of interacting with the other animals she lived with.
Visitors to the Zoo can still see 31-year-old two-toed sloth Vlad at the Small Mammal House and 9-year-old Howie at Amazonia.