|Published:||Dec 21, 2013 9:42 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 21, 2013 9:42 AM EST|
NAPLES, Fla.- Today, the Naples Zoo is opening a new South American Wildlife Exhibit.
Come find out for yourself what words you come up with when you see visually striking monkeys that live in a small range in the forests of Colombia or giant relatives of the guinea pig found in the scrub deserts of Argentina – or the creature that perhaps captures the imagination the most, the knuckle-walking, sharp-clawed, long-faced giant anteater of the South American grasslands.
At the new exhibits, a glass-viewing wall will allow you to appreciate the giant anteater with its iconic snout as it shuffles through the tropical foliage or plays in the water. And never before seen at Naples Zoo are the Cotton-top tamarins, tiny monkeys with a shock of hair that has to be seen to be believed. Also new are Patagonian cavies, large rodents related to guinea pigs that are known for their monogamous lifestyle.
Living in the branches above the cavies will be the Zoo’s female two-toed sloth. Over thirty years old, this will be the first time this long-time beloved favorite will be seen outside of the Safari Canyon shows. And nearby will be red-footed tortoises, known for their crimson spots and a taste for flesh!