May, 11, 2023
Greensboro Science Center Shares the Passing of Beloved Giant Anteater, Eury
GREENSBORO, NC – – The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is heartbroken to share the passing of Eury, its beloved giant anteater. Eury, who would have turned 23 next month, was beyond his life expectancy. He had been under palliative veterinary care, including acupuncture to alleviate pain due to chronic arthritis, for some time.
As a geriatric animal, the GSC veterinary team and animal staff had been monitoring his quality of life for several years. Unfortunately, Eury’s health quickly declined in the past week and the team made the difficult decision to compassionately euthanize him on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Glenn Dobrogosz, the GSC’s CEO says, “Nearing his final days, Eury the anteater drew global attention via TikTok by simply exhibiting his gentle ‘old man’ antics and innate charm. He served as an ambassador for all anteaters, creating scientific awareness about his incredible adaptations while simultaneously opening millions of eyes and minds to the plight of all animals living in the shrinking rainforests of Central and South America.” Dobrogosz continues, “Eury single-handedly wowed guests of all ages, including a city council member who was still on the fence during our 2009 bond campaign. This interaction led to support for our $20 million dollar bond and the successful growth of the GSC. Eury will be missed by all.”
Over the past month, Eury became a viral sensation on our social media due to his relatability and reluctance to get out of bed in the mornings. If you ask any of the GSC’s animal care staff, they would tell you that he was memorable and such a unique animal to work with. Some of Eury’s favorite things were stinky shoes, sunbathing, painting with his food, and showers.
Eury came to the GSC in 2008 with the Animal Discovery zoo expansion. He will be greatly missed and will leave a giant anteater-sized hole in all of our hearts. We thank you for your support during this difficult time.
PHOTOS: Memorial Photos and Video
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About the Greensboro Science Center
The Greensboro Science Center is a premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater, FLYWAY Zipline at BPD, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The GSC is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.greensboroscience.org.