The baby was born in January, and as spring break approaches and the weather warms, Zoo Boise has prepared it and its mother, Gloria, for their public debut, which will take place on Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m.
That debut will include a specially constructed exhibit space near the carousel—the primary anteater exhibit space is undergoing renovations—and a gender reveal party. This isn't the first time Zoo Boise has thrown a shindig like this for one of its animals. Three years ago, it held a gender reveal party for one of its penguin chicks, when the chick's mother played with colored objects in the penguin pool to "reveal" its baby's gender.
Something similar will be at play on Saturday, and Zoo Boise Assistant Director Liz Littman said staff are considering using one of the anteaters' favorite foods as a prop.
"There might be some colored yogurt that reveals itself," she said.
Littman said she will be on hand at the Saturday party to answer any questions regarding the newborn.
The baby anteater's father is McCauley, who was paired with Gloria through the Species Survival Plan. According to Zoo Boise, this is McCauley's second baby and Gloria's third. The gestational period for anteaters is approximately six months.