Step Aside, Internet Cats: Sloth Week to Premiere on Animalist

/ Jun 10, 2014


Those dedicated to Discovery Channel’s famed Shark Week have been known to wonder what could possibly be better than a week devoted to the ocean’s most dangerous and fierce predators. Well, the answer has arrived in the internet’s take on this weeklong dedication to a single animal.

The first ever Sloth Week will debut on Friday, June 20 on Discovery Digital Networks’ Animalist. Six days of programming centered on these much adored, slow moving creatures will occur in part thanks to Animal Planet, who will work with Animalist to bring the sloths on the air, as well. Saturday, June 21 at 8am will mark the return of “Meet the Sloths,” a show focusing on five orphaned or injured sloths living on a special Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. The show followed the sloth family for a year, and it’s coming back to help celebrate the week of the sloths.

Meanwhile, the internet lineup will include a visit to the famed Costa Rican sloth sanctuary, anchored by Animalist News, while the sloths also invade the Animalist website,’s DNews, Anyhoo, and SourceFed. Sloth Week, of course, garners its own website. Programming there will answer logistical, sloth-based questions, like how fast they can move when they’re in water, and other inquiries sloth fans have been dying to probe further into.

James Williams, executive producer of Animalist, explained the need for answers. “Here at Animalist, although we love our Cat Pack, we have decided it’s time for our feline friends and other cute creatures of the web to share the spotlight,” he noted.  “While sloths have captured the attention of millions online, Sloth Week will go beyond entertaining and help reveal more about the creatures that we are all still learning so much about.”

Sloth Week will end on Wednesday, June 25. While it lasts, viewers will be able to use Animalist’s Google+ hangout to, well, hang out with a sloth via the web. You wouldn’t be able to do that with a shark, now, would you?

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