The giant anteater is the largest insectivorous mammal of the genus Myrmecophaga. He is terrestrial, even if able to climb trees, at the contrary, the other species of anteaters are arboreal. The giant anteater can be found in the grasslands of the Cerrado but also in the rainforests.
They are solitary and most active during nighttime and early morning, when they forages ants and termites in open areas, the rest of the day they rest in dense bush.
- It has small eyes and a poor eyesight, but its smell is 40 times more sensitive than humans.
- It has five toes on each foot, Despite its name, tridactyla, meaning three fingers. Four toes on the front feet have claws, while the hind feet have short claws on all five toes.
- The large tail serves both to conserve body heat and as camouflage. He can sleep under its tail.
- It is a good swimmer and like bathing.
Order: Pilosa (include anteaters and sloths)
Species: Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Lenght: 220 cm max (including the tail)
Weight: 50 kg max
Life span: ~12 years
Conservation Status: VU - Vulnerable
Giant anteaters can be well photographed in south Pantanal and at Canastra National Park. The following pictures were taken by our staff during our safaris. Check out our tours to see and photograph giant anteters!