Giant anteaters with spring fever
Anteaters are solitary animals: they prefer to live alone. Although males are always interested, females allow them near only during oestrus, every 21 to 26 days. In Zoo Parc Overloon, the males and females are kept apart until they begin to lose interest in food and start to sniff at each other. On the day of this first mating, the animals mated five additional times. The keepers will be keeping an eye on the female Tousle’s cycle, as it is not yet known if the first day of mating was successful. The gestation period of the giant anteater is 180 days.
The giant anteaters are registered in the breeding programme of European zoos. A birth at Zoo Parc Overloon would be a nice contribution.