Gabana the baby Giant Anteater is part of an exciting baby boom at the Nashville Zoo: He is the fifth Giant Anteater to be born at the zoo in the last 13 months.
Nashville Zoo has been involved in Giant Anteater conservation for 15 years and has the largest collection of Anteaters in the country. Gabana, who was born on November 16, is the first birth for mother Dolce, who was born at Nashville Zoo in 2011. Both mother and baby are doing well and living together in the off-exhibit Giant Anteater barn.
Giant Anteaters are solitary animals from the tropical forests of Central and South America. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Giant Anteaters as Vulnerable, although they are Extirpated (locally Extinct) in parts of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Uruguay.