Formulating Diets for Tamandua (T. tetradactyla) in Brazilian Zoos


Ward AM, Crissey SD, Cassaro K, Frank E. 1995. Formulating Diets for Tamandua (T. tetradactyla) in Brazilian Zoos. In Proceedings of the First Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Scarborough, OT.


Diet has long been suspected to be the primary cause of Tamanduas inability to thrive in some Brazilian zoos. It is known that free ranging animals consume diets consisting of termites and ants. Unfortunately, little is known about the nutrient requirements of insectivorous species. In addition, incomplete data exist on the nutrient content of many prey species. An assessment of the diet offered tamandua at the Sao Paulo Zoo appeared to indicate a relationship between poor nutrient levels in the diet and malnutrition, poor skin and coat problems, and anemia seen in their collection. A survey of diets fed tamandua in other Brazilian zoos also was conducted. Utilizing products available to Brazilian zoos, a new diet was recommended and has resulted in increased survivability of tamandua in the Sao Paulo Zoo.

Formulating Diets for Tamandua.pdf     1 MB