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GIANT ARMADILLO

The Giant Armadillo (Priodontes maximus), is a poorly known endangered species widely distributed in various South American habitats.  Giant armadillos are listed as ‘Vulnerable to Extinction’ by the IUCN, are rare throughout their range, and have experienced local extinctions in Uruguay and elsewhere.  While habitat destruction, poisoning, and hunting pose major threats to remaining populations, much about this species remains unknown.

 

Leading the effort to learn more about this elusive species in Brazil is Arnaud Desbiez and his Giant Armadillo Conservation Project (GACP) field team.  Desbiez and his team established the first long-term ecological study of giant armadillos in the Brazilian Pantanal, and have promoted the conservation of this little-known species through education, outreach activities, and media campaigns.  Building upon previous success, the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project will expand research activities into Brazil’s threatened Cerrado biome, a biodiversity hotspot recently targeted for the creation of protected areas. 

ZCOG supports this long-term research and conservation initiative through grantwriting, fundraising, and serving as the program's North American 
 financial management and logistical agency.

 

 

Photos courtesy of Kevin Schaffer and the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project

YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE GIANT ARMADILLO!

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FROM THE FIELD

Click on the below-listed links to learn more about the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project.

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO HELP

Support is needed to protect the Andean bear and its habitat, and you can help make a difference!
 

  • DONATE NOW.  Your contribution will be used to help purchase camera traps, GPS transmitters and field equipment needed to expand Giant Armadillo research and conservation activities into the Brazilian Cerrado.

 

 

 

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PROGRAM PARTNER

Giant Armadillo Conservation Project


Visit our partner's website:
www.giantarmadillo.org.br

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

c/o Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) 

8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710

Silver Spring, MD 20910