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Giant Anteater

An anteater may eat up to 30,000 ants 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

Giant anteater habitat

Cool Animal Fact

They are almost blind, but have an excellent sense of smell – as much as 40 times better than a human.

How We Help Save Them

  • Wildlife Warrior, Gabriel, visited the Houston Zoo for his Wildlife Warrior training and returned to help teach the Collegiate Conservation Program.
  • 18 giant anteaters were fitted with GPS harnesses to better understand their movements, specifically along highways.
  • A ranch landowner installed an anteater billboard on a major highway in the Pantanal where 5 anteaters are currently being monitored. The sign advertises the importance of preserving biodiversity, features an anteater and the project logo.

How You Can Help

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How we Help Giant Armadillos in the Wild

  • Hotel Armadillo shown across the US and in the UK – approximately 1.5 million views in the UK alone.
  • 4-year study of giant armadillos in the Pantanal finished – home ranges, habitat selection, analysis of movement in relation to temperature for 15 animals recorded.
  • The project discovered that giant armadillos are ecosystem engineers. Their burrows are an important shelter to over 25 other species.