DUDLEY Zoo keepers have found a fun way to feed one of their popular giant anteaters
, which are native to Central and South America, are classed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
are historically hunted for food in all their territorial distribution, and such practice is part of the culture of some indigenous peoples (MIRANDA & MEDRI, 2010).
have to visit up to 200 anthills a day to get enough calories.
Only Brazil's Pantanal region - where the wildlife includes giant otters, howler monkeys, giant anteaters
, capybara, caiman, tapir, toucans and hyacinth macaws - was said to be better for nature encounters in October.
Accompanied by expert local guides you will be taken out by 4x4, canoe and horseback to get up close to giant anteaters
, giant otters, hyacinth macaws and perhaps the elusive jaguar, if you're lucky
Back outside we met a pair of giant anteaters
- baby Inara had been born to Corndog three months prior - and learned that anteaters consume an average of 35,000 ants a day.
Native to Central and South America, giant anteaters
have no teeth but their tongues can measure up to half a metre long.
White-lipped peccaries were completely wiped out, while jaguars, lowland tapirs, woolly spider-monkeys and giant anteaters
were virtually 'extinct'.
In earlier times, when infrastructure was given the level of attention it continually requires, tanker lorries used to visit our streets regularly, probing the drains with their swinging hoses like giant anteaters
nosing into an Amazonian banquet.
org Giant anteaters
will be making their home at the 110-acre zoo for the first time in 2010.
Sightings of giant anteaters
from this study were supplemented with records from published literature.