Southern Tamanduas Ruth and Oreo welcomed their third offspring on 27th December 2022.

This new arrival is the third successful offspring for mum, Ruth and Dad, Oreo so they are very experienced in teaching the life of a Tamandua!

Ruth arrived at Colchester Zoo in January 2017 after being transferred from Frankfurt Zoo. Oreo also arrived in January 2017 from Papiliorama Swiss Tropical Gardens in Switzerland. Ruth and Oreo’s previous offspring have since been transferred to other collections as part of breeding recommendations. Back in June 2022, Tomsk went travelling to Germany and was successfully transfered to zoo Krefeld in the hope that he will begin a family of his own.

Tamanduas are born well developed and will cling to their mother’s back during the early days and weeks. They are often hung on a branch near a feeding spot or left in a nest of leaves when the mother wants to feed alone. They come from South America and are arboreal anteaters and spend a lot of time in the trees. They have strong claws and have a long, powerful, prehensile tail, which enables them to hold onto things.

It will be a while before we know the sex of the little one but we will be sure to keep you updated!

UPDATE! Our young Tamandua has now been confirmed as a Male and has been named Tobermory!

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