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  • Teaching Tornero: The True Story of a Sloth Superstar

    2024 Gold Winner - Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards

    This is the true story of Tornero the sloth and how, with the help of his wildlife care specialists and his mother, he learned how to become a superstar for sloths and wildlife around the world.

    When Tornero the two-toed sloth was born at the San Diego Zoo, his wildlife care team knew his life would be special. Tornero would grow up to be wildlife ambassador, just like his mother Xena. Wildlife ambassadors have a special job: they help teach people about their species and inspire them to care about nature, animals, and their habitats.

    But first, Tornero needed to learn how to be an ambassador. While Tornero was being raised by his mother, his wildlife care specialists taught him everything else he needed to know: how to get used to new sights, smells, and sounds; how to be around groups of people; and even how to ride in a van nicknamed the Sloth Express. Making special appearances at places like schools, hospitals, and TV stations would be an important part of his ambassador duties!

    Once Tornero was old enough, he soon became one of the most popular wildlife ambassadors at the Zoo, touching people’s hearts whenever they see him in a presentation with his caregivers.

    Tornero's heartwarming story, written by Georgeanne Irvine, is illustrated with engaging photographs. The book also includes a section featuring fun facts about all sloths!

    Teaching Tornero, published by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press, is part of its Hope and Inspiration Series.

    See our other Stories of Hope and Inspiration!