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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.

Scientific Name

Myrmecophaga tridactyla


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

  • 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 provided support for 92,364 km of highways to be monitored in Brazil last year to identify ways to protect giant anteaters from getting hit by cars.

How You Can Help

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  • 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.