Get up-close and personal sloths and alpacas this weekend

Let’so be fair: It’s about those faces.

Lovers and breeders of alpacas praise their calm demeanor, their abundant and soft fleece and ease of care. Sloth devotees worship the jungle creatures by furiously trading memes and videos. Both mammals have come to symbolize all mode of emotions that were perturbed fluffy and over-it.

Why? Because theyrsquo;re cute, but also vulnerable and odd.

When most people find face-time with them at places such as the National Western Stock Show or even the Denver Zoo — sloth and alpaca lovers will get their due.

To begin, the Downtown Aquarium is observing sloths this month using a Sloth Sip ‘& bull rsquo; Paint at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Attendees will have a chance to paint a portrait of Aspen, the aquarium’s newcomer two-toed sloth, while enjoying light appetizers and drinks (with equipment provided). Tickets aren’t cheap at $150 a person, so that you ’t.

This week also marks the return of Sloth Weekend, Feb. 23-24, at the Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. Activities are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and centered around Aspen, including a conservation table together “sloth activities”; animal appearances throughout the day (although maybe not Aspen); a personal sloth meet-and-greet for its first 100 guests at line (note: tickets will be handed out at 8:30 a.m. these days); along with the all-important, photo-friendly “drowsy period ” — a.k.a. watching Aspen rest out of a viewing area in the Nautilus Ballroom.

Sloth Weekend activities are included in the cost of general admission, which is $23 for adults, $22 for seniors, $17 for children (ages 3-11) and free for children 2 and under. (There aren’t any goat-yoga-style sessions only yet, however, we can easily see a slow-mo sloth-and-Tai-Chi matching ). Go to for more details.

The Denver Zoo has been promising that a baby sloth is approaching. Officials at December affirmed that Charlotte, the zoo’s 23-year-old Linne’s two-toed sloth, is pregnant and expecting another package of molasses at late February or early March.  The baby will combine daddy, Elliot, along with husband, Baby Ruth, who had been born Jan. 28, 2018, in their habitat in Bird World, the zoo said.

Professional tip: Follow the zoo on Facebook and Twitter, and also register to YouTube for the newest updates on Charlotte and the sloth household — including the infant ’s arrival news and if visitors can see her or him in person.

Less rare but both valued are alpacas, the domesticated animals originating from South America that are closely related to llamas (when a bit smaller).

You can head to the Alpaca Extravaganza at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (9595 Nelson Road) at Longmont Feb. 23 and 24. There will be weaving and spinning demonstrations and yarn sale, educational conferences, and an alpaca fiber. And needless to say, lots of alpacas in attendance.

By March 15 to 17, the Alpaca Owners Association will reunite following successful displays in 2011, 2013 and 2017 for its 2019 National Alpaca series, which carries over the National Western Complex (4655 Humbodlt St.).

The free event combines galore, fiber artists, arts and craftspeople, alpaca fashion and alpaca lovers. And in case you believed there was no Alpaca Selfie Booth this season, you’d be wrong.  The series runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15 and 16, and 8 a.m.-noon March 17.

On top of this, the Great Western Alpaca series will consider over the complicated May 3-5. The 17th annual event from Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies is focused on best-of-breed traits and bills itself as a competitive “halter and walking show. ” It’s open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and 3, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 5. Call 303-297-1166 or visit for information.

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