Potter Park in Lansing welcomes giant anteater

Potter Park in Lansing welcomes giant anteater
Posted at 10:07 AM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 08:51:05-04

There's a giant addition to Lansing's Potter Park Zoo. They announced today the addition of Wayne, a male giant anteater. Wayne came to Lansing from the San Francisco Zoo in California.

The Giant Anteater is a new species for Potter Park. Zoo Director Cynthia Wagner says, "We are excited for our visitors to have the opportunity to learn about this species." She added, "Wayne has quickly become a staff favorite and we know he will be a favorite for zoo visitors too."

Giant anteaters, ranging from 60-90 pounds, are the largest of the four anteater species. They can be found in tropical forest, Savannah and grasslands areas from Honduras in Central America to Bolivia in South America. 

They are considered a threatened species and in some areas that they previously inhabited they are now extinct.