Protected by the following WLT projects:
- Chaco-Pantanal Project, Paraguay
- Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil
- Misiones Rainforest Corridor, Argentina
All armadillo's have a distinctive tough carapace made from bony plates, overlaid by horny skin. It has 11-13 of these plates protecting its upper body, and a further 3-4 on the neck. The Giant Armadillo is the largest of the 20 armadillo species and can grow to 1.2 m in total length.
They generally emerge in the evening to forage for food, and to make burrows for shelter.
Giant Armadillos are found mostly in undisturbed savannah or forest, usually close to water, from northern Venezuela to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Threats and Conservation
The main threat to Giant Armadillos is over hunting for food and habitat destruction caused by rapidly spreading agriculture. It is estimated that approximately 50% of their former population has been lost in the last 10 years.