Photo by @joelsartore | Did you know that giant anteaters have a sense of smell that is 40 times better than a humans? This heightened sense allows them to sniff out ants or termites up to several miles away. This is a helpful feature for this ant-hungry species, who consume up to 30,000 of the insects a day! Amazingly, their tongue is usually two feet long, the largest in relation to body size of any mammal, with small backward-pointing spines covered in sticky saliva that aid in feeding. Sadly, giant anteaters like this one at the @sunsetzoomhk have experienced a population decline of around 30% over the past decade and are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Habitat loss, roadkills, hunting, and wildfires have been substantially impacting the populations over the past 10 years. In some areas, giant anteaters are hunted for food; this is especially true in the Caatinga area of Brazil. Their skin is often used to manufacture harnesses and other leather products, as well as for medicinal use. In Central America and southern parts of its range, there have been many records of local population extinctions. #PhotoArk #vulnerablespecies #giantanteater For more like this follow @joelsartore!
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