Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: December 17, 2021 12:43 am
Photo Credit: Jack Bradley Photography
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo have verified that their giant anteater pup born on June 15th 2021 is a girl. The zoo had to wait on verification from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Anteater Advisory Group to learn the pups gender.
It is exciting news for the giant anteater population in North America with the population heavily skewed towards males rather than females.
“We couldn’t be happier that our Giant anteater baby is a girl, important for the continuation of this vulnerable species,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We look forward to offering an opportunity to vote on her name in the near future.”
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The infant is the fourth for mother Pana and the third for father E.O. The pair have lived in Connecticut since May 2015 when they moved from Palm Beach Zoo and welcomed their first pup together in 2016.
Their first offspring, Mochilla lives at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana and the second, Tupi moved to Nashville Zoo in Tennessee.
Guests can see the giant anteater family in the Pampas Plains Habitat. This area highlights species found in the Pampas region which covers parts of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.