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Giant Anteater

A giant anteater can find and then lick up to 30,000 ants/termites in one day, using its long sticky tongue that can be up to 24 inches in length.

Stable
Threatened
Endangered
Scientific Name

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Range

Central and South America, from Honduras to northern Argentina

Location in the Zoo

South America’s Pantanal

Cool Animal Fact

Although they are almost blind, they have a sense of smell forty times better than that of a human.

How We Help Save Them

  • We provide salaries, training, and expertise for biologists and veterinarians working with wild giant anteaters in Brazil.
  • We provide equipment like camera traps and tracking devices to study and understand giant anteater movement patterns to better protect them in the wild.
  • We provide guidance and support for Giant anteater protection-focused behavior change and awareness campaigns in Brazil.

How You Can Help

Donate to help Giant Anteaters in the wild

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More About our Saving Wildlife Efforts

The Houston Zoo partners with the Brazilian Giant Anteater and Highways Project to study how anteaters interact with roads and to come up with safer road-crossing solutions to protect them and many other species by reducing the potential for collisions with vehicles. Last year, we provided support for 92,364 km of highways to be monitored in Brazil to identify ways to protect giant anteaters from getting hit by cars.