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1 May 2006 Cyclopes didactylus in Captivity

Three silky anteaters are now being successfully handraised and maintained in captivity. Two animals are currently being cared for in a zoo in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The Huachipa Zoo was able to rescue an orphaned male, now named Maximus, while he was so young that he still had his umbilicus attached. Maximus was successfully weaned onto a formula developed by the zoo's nutritionist and clinical staff (see Ledesma et al., this issue). At 14 months, he is the longest-lived captive silky anteater on record. In addition, a female was recently flown from the Peruvian Amazon to the Huachipa Zoo for rehabilitation. She was started on the formula two weeks ago and has adjusted well so far. A third animal has been kept at the Aviarios Sanctuary in Costa Rica (see Avey-Arroyo and Murillo, this issue). Email contact between the Peruvian and Costa Rican researchers has greatly facilitated the effort of rehabilitating the Central American individual. A fourth animal was rescued two months ago by a rehabilitation group in Medellín, Colombia, but it died shortly thereafter. The fact that information is flowing freely and helping these rare and delicate specimens is a testament to the impact and future of global communications, as well as effective networking between interested professionals.

"Cyclopes didactylus in Captivity," Edentata 2006(7), 60, (1 May 2006).
Published: 1 May 2006

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