Nashville Zoo works to protect, rebuild giant anteater population

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - The Nashville Zoo hopes their program will help improve the world's giant anteater population.

Deforestation in their native land of South America is one reason for the animal's shrinking population.

"These guys are not doing well in the wild", said Nashville Zoo carnivore keeper Melissa Fox.

"These guys are really cool animals that really deserve our protection and our efforts at saving them."

The Nashville Zoo has introduced a giant anteater breeding program.

The zoo currently cares for two baby anteaters and works to have a new baby each year.

"We do a lot of research with these guys", said Fox. "Not only behavioral research but hormonal stuff, tracking pregnancies, looking at their nutritional values and figuring out the best way to care for them."

The animals live in areas with warm climates, which makes it easy for the anteaters to adjust to Tennessee's hot summers.

The giant anteaters can be viewed by visitors who purchase a backstage pass.


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