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Anteater (Giant)

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Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Anteater (Giant), giant anteater

Giant Anteaters are found on grasslands and in deciduous woodlands and rainforests from southern Mexico to South America. They will only live in areas that are undeveloped. As areas in Mexico, Central America and South America are developed with roads, homes and farms, the giant anteaters disappear. Habitat destruction is their primary threat.

As of 2000, the Giant Anteater has been listed as vulnerable on the CITES IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List. They have already gone extinct in El Salvador, Guatemala and possibly Uruguay.


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