Termite mound

Genus Macrotermes

Fascinating Facts


Termites obtain nutrients from wood and plant matter, but cannot digest it themselves. They have microbacteria in their gut that aid in digestion. Macrotermes lives in savannas and grasslands.

Status in the Wild

Not yet assessed by IUCN


Macrotermes contains about 350 species which are found throughout Africa, Southern Asia and Australia. Termites can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.

Location in the Zoo

Invertebrates Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits