Species IUCN Status
The largest living anteater species, the giant anteater was historically native to a range that stretched from Honduras to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The species is known for its long, unique nose that holds a tongue that can grow up to 50 centimeters in length and is used to reach ants and termites deep in their nests. The giant anteater’s large body size, specific diet, slow movement and low reproductive rate all result in a species that is not easily adaptable to a changing environment and increasing threats. Habitat loss, road kills and death by fire and hunting have led to a steep population decline. Currently it is classified as a species vulnerable to extinction.