Supernase – Still Around Despite Tiny Brain


RWTHextern invites the public to attend a reading about anteaters


He is slow, has poor vision and his brain is the size of a walnut."It's practically a miracle he's not extinct yet," explains Lydia Möcklinghof. She calls the anteater a Supernase because of his long snout which holds his up to 60 centimeter long tongue. He needs the tongue to scavenge for his food – ants and termites, which he fishes out holes and creased. Möcklinghoff is visiting RWTH on April 10, 2018, and will read an excerpt from her book "Die Supernasen: Wie Artenschützer Ameisenbär und Co. vor dem Aussterben bewahren." The event begins 7:30pm in the Ford Hall, Super C, Templergraben 57.

Fight for Survival

The biologist takes the audience on a tour of locations where animals such as the anteater are fighting for survival. With humor and real passion she talks about the time she spent in the Brasilian rainforest in order to find out how the anteater is able to survive. The reader embarks on a journey to the most wonderful creatures of the world, past natural stages such as the Iguaҫu water falls or the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

Lydia Möcklinghoff is currently writing her dissertation at the Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig in Bonn. She spent many months in Pantanal, a large swam area in Brazil, to study her primary research focus, the anteater. She was particularly allured by the unknown during her travels, as not much is known about the anteater. "I discover a new characteristic or behavior on each visit," reports Möcklinghoff. Her expeditions aim to improve the protection concepts for the endangered species and its habitat. The expeditions are financed by the Dortmund and Cologne zoos.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Mayersche Buchhandlung and the RWTH AStA as well as at the door. Admission is 4 euros.

Source: Press and Communications