Giant Anteater

​Giant Anteaters habitat is the grassland savannas, swamps and woodlands, from Southern Belize to Northern Argentina. 

They can be five to seven feet long from nose to tail, and weigh 40 to 100 pounds. They eat ants & termites, and some ripe fruit, and live to be 14-16 years old.

Giant Anteater

Fun Facts

The anteater resident at the Greenville Zoo is named Mochila which translates from Spanish meaning 'backpack.'

An anteater has a two-foot-long tongue that is covered with tiny, spines and sticky saliva. They use their long tongue to catch ants and termites through holes at the top of the termite mound or anthill. During feeding, an anteater can flick its tongue 150 to 160 times a minute. They can eat up to 30,000 insects in a day. Since they don't have teeth, an anteater will use its tongue to crush the insects against the roof of its mouth.

How to Adopt

You may complete our online adoption form. Or you may also use the Adopt-an-Animal form (PDF) to join the program. Simply fill it out and return it to the Greenville Zoo. Please make checks payable to the Greenville Zoo. 

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