Friday, March 07, 2014

Giant anteater baby born at Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is happy to announce the birth of a giant anteater pup.  The female baby was born Dec. 8, 2013, and is now starting to venture outside with her mother, Gloria.  

Because giant anteaters are warm weather animals, the mother and pup have been spending the last few months in their heated barn.  As the weather begins to heat up, they are starting to explore their outdoor exhibit for short periods of time. 

During their first year, giant anteater pups will spend much of their time riding on their mothers’ backs.  Born with a full coat of fur, the pup is able to blend in with its mother so that predators cannot easily see it.  The pup will stay with its mother until it is full grown at about 2 years old.

Native to Central and South America, giant anteaters are the largest of the four anteater species with males weighing up to 100 pounds and measuring up to 7 feet in length.  In the wild, giant anteaters can eat up to 30,000 ants or termites each day. 

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.  Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Zoo Boise invites the community to Keep Your World Wild. At the zoo, we turn the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action.

For more information, see www.zooboise.org or call 608-7760.