tamandua

today was not a very good training day.

This is Lety, one of our female tamanduas, hanging out in her nest box. This is but a small portion of her entire habitat. The portion she very much so prefers to stay in.

Lety is an education ambassador for my zoo. We take her out for special presentations to teach people about the dangers tamanduas face in the wild. Did you know more than half of the tamandua imported into the US die within the first year? They require very special care that your average person will not have the resources for. Please do not try to keep tamanduas as pets.

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King Glassfrog, Teratohyla midas in amplexus by Andreas Kay
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from Tamandua Reserva Flores, Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/sets/72157671181153332

I am a zookeeper at the National Zoo in DC and I think the weirdest visitor comment I ever heard was two teenage guys in front of our Southern Tamandua exhibit who said- whoa, that polar bear is ripped!!

??? In what universe does an anteater look like a polar bear? And a muscular one at that? Wish I would have asked him to elaborate

One of my coworkers also heard a little kid call the naked mole rats baby walruses. Oh how I love my job.

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Tree frog, Agalychnis hulli by Andreas Kay
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from Tamandua Reserva Flores, Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/sets/72157671181153332

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Upper Amazon treefrog, Dendropsophus bifurcus by Andreas Kay
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from Tamandua Reserva Flores, Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/sets/72157671181153332

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Moss mimic caterpillar, Saturniidae by Andreas Kay
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from Tamandua Reserva Flores, Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/sets/72157671181153332