BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Miller Park Zoo has welcomed a baby tamandua to its animal family.
This baby represents the first time ever that the Miller Park Zoo had a Southern Tamandua born. The tamandua was welcomed June 18.
“We are really excited to have such a significant birth of a fascinating animal,” zoo director Jay Tetzloff said.
A breeding pair of Southern Tamandua, also known as the Lesser Anteater, were imported and went on exhibit at the Zoo in January and can be seen inside the Tropical Rainforest. The pair is on a breeding recommendation through the Association of Zoo and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.
The tamandua is being hand-raised because the mother did not show maternal instincts. The new addition is housed in the hospital so that the best care and attention is received.
“I’m thrilled because this is one of the animals I’ve always wanted to work with,” said Tetzloff. “We have never had them before, I love showing different diversity of animals for our guests and this adds that piece to the puzzle.”
He will be on display for another month or so, and then he will be moved to the zoo’s rain forest.