Feb 2

Will this week’s species be a specialised swimmer like Kathryn Pintus’ favourite, the West Indian manatee? Or will strolling, soaring or scuttling be this week’s species’ primary form of locomotion?

Rebecca Goatman – ARKive Media Researcher

Favourite Species?  Giant anteater

Why? As its name implies, the giant anteater is the largest anteater in the world. It has a bizarre appearance and is well adapted to its diet of ants and termites. Although almost blind, it sniffs out prey with its impressive schnozzle and can eat up to 30,000 ants a day with the help of its long (up to 50 cm!), sticky tongue. Giant anteaters move around slowly to conserve energy and can sleep for 16 hours a day, using their tail like a blanket.

Favourite giant anteater image on ARKive:

Giant anteater image

Female giant anteater carrying young

The giant anteater is classified as classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List. Natural and man-made fires threaten both this species and its habitat, as well as encroachment of a growing agricultural industry.

See more photos and videos of the giant anteater.

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