FEMALE SOUTHERN TAMANDUA BORN MARCH 22
Our newest southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), Nina, was born to first-time mother, Ke$ha, in mid-March. The female weighed around 0.5 lbs and was 36.5 cm long at birth.
Nina is the ninth tamandua born at Nashville Zoo. We currently have 4 in our collection and there are 45 in AZA zoos. This birth has a bit of significance because the reproductive rate is low in human care for this species. The vet team monitored the pregnancy via regular ultrasounds and Ke$ha was pampered with plenty of attention and a special diet.
Nashville Zoo is currently writing the animal care manual for southern tamanduas. In the future, this will be used as reference by AZA zoos across the country. The baby will remain here at Nashville Zoo where she will become an ambassador animal attending school programs and other educational programs.