New Baby Tamandua for the Denver Zoo
The Denver Zoo has a new surprise! There is a baby tamandua in the Denver Zoo. It is the second birth ever for a southern tamandua, a species of anteater, for that zoo. The baby tamandua was born March 12th, 2015 and his name is Salvador. He has bonded well with Rio, his mother. It is the second birth for Rio. He was named after his heritage since the species is from South America. His name was taken from the city of Salvador, Brazil. Cayenne is his older sister and she was born about a year ago and she currently lives in the Smithsonian National Zoo.
There will not be an exhibit of him yet but later he might be included in the Zoo’s Education collection appearances, which allows viewers to see animals up close for many different programs, such as the outreach visits and VIP tours. This species of anteater is usually called the lesser anteaters. Their natural habitat includes thorn scrub, savannas, and rainforests. Like their larger cousins, tamanduas have along tongue that can reach nearly sixteen inches. They feed on termites, ants and other insects.
This little guy is sure to be a favorite when he makes his public debut early next year.