By Rebeka Pécsi, zookeeper, Jászberény Zoo, Hungary
Keeping giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) was never an easy task. These magnificent beings were always unique additions to any collection. But even now, zoos think twice whether to keep an anteater, for there are many special needs that have to be fulfilled. The biggest amongst them is their diet.
In the past, feeding anteaters was only about giving them insectivore food, because they eat termites and ants in the wild. That is true, but later discoveries have shown that they often eat fallen fruits from the ground and take soil with the insects. With that in mind, some changes had to be made, because captive animals only lived for a short period of time (2 to 5 years).