Anteaters also have two families and four species in Ecuador, two of which are in the Mashpi Reserve. They are characterised by a long head, almost like a tube, with no teeth, and a small mouth through which they poke their tongue out to feed themselves. They love ants and other insects that live in colonies, like termites and bees.
The most common species in Mashpi is the western anteater (Tamandua mexicana), a termite fanatic. It is active during the day and night, on the ground and in the trees, very slow and clumsy as it meanders. In Mashpi they are frequent visitors to the camera traps (Link – Proyecto Cámaras Trampa) where they have been observed carrying their young on their backs.