South America Phase 1

In support of Miller Park Zoo's Master Plan, the Miller Park Zoological Society has opened fundraising for Phase One of the Zoo's South America expansion.

This phase includes the construction of three new habitats for three species never-before seen at Miller Park Zoo. Giant Anteaters, Chilean Pudu, and Bush Dogs will join the Zoo's impressive collection. The Galapagos Tortoises currently living in the tortoise yard will also move into a new home.

 

Meet the future residents

Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater
Myrmecophaga tridactyla

The largest of four anteater species.

Native to Central and South America.

Have no teeth, but a two-foot long tongue and an incredible sense of smell.

Current conservation status is vulnerable as their population numbers are decreasing in the wild.

Chilean Pudu

Chilean Pudu
Pudu puda

At an adult height of 12-14 inches tall, they are smallest species of deer in the world.

Found in Southern Chile and Southwestern Argentina.

Current conservation status is near-threatened, meaning they are at risk of extinction.

Bush Dog

Bush Dog
Speothos venaticus

Native to eastern Central America and Northern South America.

Rare, even in their natural habitats. They were once thought to be extinct due to their elusive nature.

Current conservation status is near-threatened, meaning they are at risk of extinction.

Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise
Chelonoidis porteri

Endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

Can live to be over 100 years old and weigh more than 500 pounds.

There are 13 living species of Galapagos Tortoises.

The tortoises at Miller Park Zoo can be found in the tortoise yard, across from the Flamingo habitat.

This phase of Miller Park Zoo's Master Plan not only brings new species to the Zoo, it also improves the conservation education opportunities for the Zoo's guests.

As Miller Park Zoo's non-profit, supporting organization, the Miller Park Zoological Society is excited to be a part of this project. If you would like to help bring this project to life, please consider making a donation.

 

We hope to see you at the Zoo soon!

Thank you for your support!