Meet the southern tamandua at Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo 

Brown and furry anteater with long nose and sweet eyes
Source: City of Atascadero

Have you seen the new animal at the Charles Paddock Zoo yet? According to the zoo’s latest newsletter, here’s some fun facts about our new friend, the southern tamandua.

This South American mammal weighs up to 10 pounds and is a small relative of the giant anteater.

They live in forests, mangroves and savannas but primarily love spots that are near streams or rivers.


Atascadero Charles Paddock Zoo 7In the wild, they eat ants, termites, honey and bees.

Tamanduas don’t have teeth, but sport a pretty awesome 15-inch tongue!

They’re also nocturnal and, outside of breeding season, live a solitary lifestyle.

The zoo’s tamandua is female and you can find her sharing an exhibit with the marmosets. Here’s a pic of her, courtesy of the zoo.

Some new bird friends also joined the zoo, including a pair of red fronted macaws and a pair of greater curassows! Fun stuff!

The Charles Paddock Zoo is located off at 9100 Morro Road in Atascadero. It’s one of few municipal zoos, actually owned and operated by the city. For a full review on this zoo, click/tap here.

About Tonya Strickland

Tonya Strickland is a journalist and Instagram influencer in the family and travel niche. A former newspaper reporter, Tonya shares unfiltered #momlife content about places to go with kids. Her family moved from California's Central Coast to Washington state in August 2020. Their adventures now continue in the Pacific Northwest.

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