Zoo Boise is proud to announce the birth of a baby anteater! Both mom, Gloria, and the soon to be named baby are doing great and temperatures have warmed up enough for them to make their public debut.
To celebrate this exciting addition, the zoo will host a gender reveal party on Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. The gender reveal party will be open to the public and both mom and baby will be on exhibit throughout Spring Break, weather permitting.
At birth, the baby anteater weighed just over two pounds. Gloria carries her baby on her back and their stripes match up to provide camouflage in the wild.
Gloria gave birth in January and Zoo Boise staff have been carefully monitoring the baby’s growth and, with Gloria’s help, making sure it has everything it needs to thrive.
The anteaters will be visible to the public in a temporary exhibit location near the zoo carousel at Zoo Boise. The main anteater exhibit is under construction. It’s expected to open later this year.
Zoo Boise anteaters Gloria and McCauley, the baby’s father, were paired together by the Species Survival Plan (SSP). This is Gloria’s third baby and McCauley’s second.
The typical gestational period for an anteater is about 183 days, or about six months.
Zoo Boise and the Parks and Recreation Department look forward to celebrating this exciting birth with the entire community!