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The Giant Anteater

The Giant Anteater.

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)
  • Family: Myrmecophagidae
  • 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!

Giant anteaters pictures

Giant Anteater Safaris

giant anteater pantanal
Southern Pantanal

Anteaters tour

Private Photo safaris in search of giant anteaters, southern tamandua, armadillos, macaws and ocelot.

giant anteaters at Canastra national park
Canastra National Park

Giant Anteaters and Maned Wolf

Private Photo safaris in search of giant anteaters, maned wolves and other animals of the Cerrado.