|Giant Anteaters are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2021-3)|
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) – Vulnerable*
- Giant anteaters are mammals and are the largest of the four anteater species, reaching lengths of 6-8 feet (2-2.5m), with half of that being their long bushy tail.
- They are part of the same family as sloths, and have been around for about 25 million years.
- They can be found naturally in 14 countries; mainly in Central and South America.
- They can weigh around 40 kg and feed mainly on termites, using its 2 foot (60cm) long tongue, which is covered in tiny backward-facing barbs and an extremely sticky saliva.
- They can flick their tongue in and out up to 150 times per minute, and will eat around 35,000 ants and termites in a day.
- It has four fingers on each forelimb, with strong sharp claws, used for breaking open termite mounds and fallen trees looking for food.
- A Giant Anteater actually walks on its knuckles, similar to the way a gorilla does. This keeps it’s claws sharp.
- Their claws can also be used for defense if the anteater is threatened and are capable of killing a Jaguar or Caiman.
- Their big bushy tail is used to cover themselves to stay warm at night and is a form of camouflage to hide them from predators.
- They have the lowest body temperature of all mammals. (around 91F / 32.7C) and they have a low metabolism rate.
About Instituto Tamandua
The Institute of Research and Conservation of Anteaters in Brazil is a non-governmental non-profit organization whose mission is to develop research, education and public policy actions aimed at the conservation of anteaters, armadillos and sloths in free and captive lives.
Its multidisciplinary team, together with experience in conservation projects and partnerships with institutions worldwide, contributes to the commitment, integrity and quality of its work in favor of conservation.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
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