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By Jake Buehler

A giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Pantanal, BrazilShutterstock / Ondrej Prosicky
Giant anteaters rely on forests to help them stay cool – so where trees grow sparsely, the animals are forced to roam further. Deforestation and climate change are likely to exacerbate the problem.
The anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) are unable to regulate their body temperature as effectively as many other mammals thanks to their exceptionally slow metabolisms, making the cooling shade of forests essential.
“Forests work as thermal shelters, offering warmer temperatures than open areas on cold days and cooler temperatures than open areas on …

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