Boise & Garden City

Baby anteater born at Zoo Boise

A giant anteater pup was welcomed to Zoo Boise July 6 and is starting to explore its surroundings, according to a zoo press release.

Visitors may be able to spot the baby anteater while the zoo is open, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After a few weeks of alone time after the pup was born, it and its mother are venturing out into the main exhibit for short periods of time, according to the release.

The first year of a anteater’s life is typically spent riding on their mother’s back. This is partly protection, since the pup blends in with its mother. The pup will only become independent from its mother when it’s between 1 and 2 years old. They can eat up to 30,000 ants or termites a day, according to the release.

The animals are native to Central and South America and the species is the largest type of anteater, getting up to 100 pounds and 7 feet long.