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October 20 (UPI) — International Sloth Day, celebrated annually on October 20, was founded by the non-profit animal welfare organization AIUNAU in 2010.
AIUNAU said members Sarita Kendall and Tinka Plese came up with the idea for International Sloth Day at the first International Sloth Meeting in Medellin, Colombia in November 2010.
The day is meant to raise awareness about the conservation of the six sloth species, two of which are considered of special concern by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The pygmy three-toed sloth is listed as “Critically Endangered” and the maned three-toed sloth is listed as “Vulnerable”.
According to the United Nations, the most critical challenge facing sloths is deforestation.
Other holidays and observances on October 20, 2022 include Community Media Day, Dispute Resolution Day, Be Smart About Credit Day, Know Your Customer Day, International Chef Day, International Credit Unions, International Jerk Day, Miss American Rose Day, National Fruit Brandy Day, National Day of Appeal for Health Reform, National Day of Writing, National Day of Braces, National Youth Conference Day, Office Chocolate Day, Spirits Day, International Air Traffic Controller Day, Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, World Osteoporosis Day and World the statistics.