Zoo Boise anteater Gloria gave birth to her fourth baby on December 23, 2020.
The Species Survival Plan partnered the father, McCauley, and Gloria together. The Species Survival Plan is a conservation and population management program. According to PBS, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums created this in 1981 with intentions of sustaining captive species of wildlife that are “genetically diverse and demographically stable.”
The anteaters at Zoo Boise are located in a new indoor exhibit. But according to the press release sent out by the zoo, the baby may be hard to spot.
“Zoo guests will have to look carefully to see the baby because most likely the pup will blend in with mom. Like in the wild, Gloria carries the baby on her back, so that their stripes match up. This allows wild baby anteaters to camouflage from predators who might be looking for an easy meal.”