Anteaters: Fast Food Specialists
Rush, rush, rush. You’ve got 30 more places to visit before you’re done for the day and if you don’t eat fast, your lunch will start to fight back! Being an anteater is no joke, but fortunately, you’re made for the job with your powerful claws, keen nose, and an amazingly long, flexible tongue. As Anteaters: Fast Food Specialists showed, anteaters go to great lengths to feast on Central and South America’s ever-present ants and termites.
You might think ants and termites would be an easy meal, but guess again. Their physiology and social structure provide an effective defense against the much larger anteater. A giant anteater eats up to 30,000 ants or termites per day, but he can’t snack on a colony more than a minute before he is repelled by fierce soldier ants that sting his two-foot-long tongue. No wonder he has to eat and run! Visitors were fascinated by the unique ways that anteaters of different species have mastered the art of eating, how they have adapted to their environment, where they live, and more.
Anteaters featured a diorama showing an anteater feeding on a termite mound. The exhibition also offered a vibrant graphic style, humorous text, low-tech interactives, cartoons, and video components. This is the first in a series of single-kiosk exhibitions designed for smaller and non-traditional venues. Each exhibition focused on a single mammal, discussing its unique characteristics as well as features it shares with all other mammals.
Anteaters featured a diorama showing an anteater feeding on a termite mound. The exhibition also offered a vibrant graphic style, humorous text, low-tech interactives, cartoons, and video components. Anteaters was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is made possible by the Kenneth E. Behring Family Gift.
This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibition toured from 2001-2003.