Meet Uruguay’s First Zoo-Born Tamandua!
October 05, 2014
A baby Tamandua born at Bioparque M'Bopicuá on September 10 is not only the first to be born at the zoo – it is the first captive-born Tamandua in all of Uruguay.
Photo Credit: Juan Villalba
Also known as Lesser Anteaters, Tamanduas are native to Central and South America. Tamanduas are supremely adapted for slurping up ants and termites: Their long, tubular snout holds a sticky, 16-inch-long tongue, which grabs bugs by the dozen when a nest is discovered.
Surprisingly, Tamanduas spend most of their time in the treetops, searching for ant and termite nests. During the day, they’ll sleep in tree hollows used by other creatures at night.
Tamnaduas are not threatened, but they still face pressures from hunting and the pet trade.
See more photos of the baby Tamandua below.