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Giant Anteater Exhibit Debut

February 20, 2017






RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director

305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami



“Bowie,” the first giant anteater ever born at Zoo Miami, will make its exhibit debut tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at the Amazon and Beyond exhibit at Zoo Miami.

Born on December 21st, the male offspring has spent the last several weeks bonding with his mother to insure that he is developing properly prior to being put on public display.  During those weeks, the first-time mother has demonstrated excellent maternal behavior and zoo management has determined that the infant is now established enough to be placed on exhibit for the public to appreciate and admire.

Giant anteaters are the largest of three species of anteaters growing to a length of 7 feet and are found in the tropical grasslands of Central and South America.  They are toothless mammals and have the longest tongue relative to their body size of any mammal.  They use their powerful claws to dig through termite and ant nests where they can eat more than 30,000 of the invertebrates a day!  And though they have no teeth, those powerful claws can be an excellent defense against any threat, including jaguars.  The newborn baby will ride on its mother’s back for up to a year before becoming more independent. 

Interested media should arrive at the Zoo Administration Building adjacent to the front entry plaza by 9:45 a.m. so that they can be escorted back to the exhibit in time to capture the images of mom and baby as they first come out!

Posted by Andrea Obregon at 5:09 PM

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