Since 2010, the Giant Armadillo Project has been researching the world’s largest armadillo, an animal that despite its size and range across almost every country in South America, is one of the world’s least recognized animals.
These researchers have made key findings, like the fact that their burrows, which can be up to 5 meters long, serve as shelter for at least 70 other species, including birds, reptiles and mammals.
The species is categorized as vulnerable to extinction, especially due to the advance of agribusiness.
This episode features the popular article, "In search of the 'forest ghost,' South America's cryptic giant armadillo," by Suzana Camargo:
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Photo Credit: Peering inside a giant armadillo burrow, image courtesy of the Giant Armadillo Project.