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Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, are a type of egg-laying mammal. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of that order and are the only extant mammals that lay eggs. Although their diet consists largely of ants and termites, they are no more closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas than to any other placental mammal. They live in Australia and New Guinea. The echidnas are named after a monster in ancient Greek mythology.


Southern Tamandua, also known as collared anteater, lives in the rain forests of Central and South America, and its diet consists of ants, termites and bees.

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The Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi), also known as the black and rufous sengi, is one of 17 species of elephant shrew found only in Africa. Like other members of the genus Rhynchocyon, it is a relatively large species, with adults averaging about 28 cm (11 in) in length and 450-700 g (1.0-1.5 lb) in weight. It is native to Kenya and Tanzania. It eats insects (beetles, termites, ants) and spiders, supplementing this with fruits and seeds.


You can make homemade pet friendly termite killer by combining two parts of borax, two parts confectioner's sugar and one part cornmeal, mixing the three thoroughly. Sugar and cornmeal attract termite workers. Borax is a naturally powdery substance. When termites ingest it, it acts as stomach poison that prevents them from digesting other food and causing them to starve to death


Addax, also known as screwhorn antelope, are critically endangered in their native home of the Sahara Desert. Luckily for the rare addax, they adapt well to captivity and breed fairly easily. Luckily for us, they are adorable!  Baby Fola and Saffiya were born in April of 2008 at the Louisville Zoo.