Darlan the baby giant anteater finds his way back home

Darlan the baby giant anteater finds his way back home


The baby giant anteater who was orphaned by the manmade fires in Brazil has found his way to the Amazon rainforest, thanks to you!

Image credit: Instituto Tamandua

Darlan the cute baby giant anteater was rescued from the manmade Brazil fires and released into his Amazonian home a little over a year ago.

To ensure his safety, you helped supply a special radio collar that would allow our partners on the ground to monitor him and check if he was settling in well.

Thanks to you, our partners were able to detect some issues with his health and well-being in time and brought him back to the institute to help him recover.

Watch the baby giant anteater’s first steps back to freedom:

After a little more rehabilitation and health checks, Darlan has made a full recovery and has finally made it back to his wild home. Thank you for helping make sure he’s okay.


Darlan’s story

Darlan was only 20 days old when he was rescued from a dirt road in June 2021. It is assumed that he tried to escape the fires with his mother, and either got separated from her or lost her to the flames.

Without intervention, his chances of survival in the wild would be extremely low. But thanks to you, he made it to the rehabilitation centre where he was protected, helped to grow bigger and stronger, and taught all the skills he needed to thrive in the wild.

Anteater released into wild

Image credit: World Animal Protection / Noelly Castro

Your support makes a difference

Your support is playing a vital role in helping us work with local organisations in Brazil to rehabilitate injured animals and return them to the wild when they’re ready. It also aids our partners’ efforts in firefighting, such as the creation of 'fire pits' which are open lines in the forest that prevent fires from spreading further and act as escape routes for animals.

Thanks for helping Darlan the baby giant anteater find his way back to freedom.

Staff at anteater rehabilitation centre

Credit: World Animal Protection / Noelly Castro

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