The silky anteater, sometimes known as the pygmy anteater is the smallest anteater in the world, just slightly bigger than your hand! What does the silky anteater have in common with some monkeys? The silky anteater has a prehensile tail, meaning they can hang onto trees by their tail, leaving their hands free to eat. The silky anteater eats up to 5000 ants a day, so you can understand why they would need to have their hands free!
- Volunteer with anteaters in Ecquador (extremely reasonable rates)
- Save the rainforest, which is silky anteater habitat, everyday with these simple actions
- Visit Tumucumaque Mountains National Park,the largest rainforest national park in the world, also home to the silky anteater, in Brazil
- Visit other tropical reserves in silky anteater habitat
- Stay at an eco-lodge which helps protect silky anteater habitat
- Be an ecotourist when you travel which will help save silky anteater habitat
(top) Silky anteater photo courtesy of: Fincas Las Brisas(right) This looks like a photo of a baby anteater, but it's actually an adult female silky anteater. Silky anteater photo courtesy of: Sabalolodge