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Armadillo (Education Animal)

Chaetophractus villosus

About the Armadillo (Education Animal)

Large hairy armadillos have thick bony plates over their head and back that protect their body. They also have a soft pinkish belly, strong legs and claws, a long nose and long sensitive hairs on their body. Armadillos eat a variety of plants, insects and other small animals. The word ‘armadillo’ means ‘little armoured one’ in Spanish. Of the 21 species of armadillo, only three-banded armadillos can curl into a ball. The others (such as large hairy armadillos) run into burrows or squat into the ground for protection. Gretel is not usually on show at the zoo as she is primarily an educational animal. When she is not assisting the Education Team with school visits, she lives happily behind the scenes.

Habitat and Distribution

Large hairy armadillos are found in forests and grasslands in central and southern South America.

Family Information

Armadillos usually live on their own in the wild. Large hairy armadillos usually have two babies at a time.

Conservation Status: Common

Standard Membership

  • Entry to the park 362 days a year
  • Discounts in the restaurants, cafes and shops
  • Discounts on Animal Adoptions

Standard Membership is available for adults and children.
Gold Membership is available for children aged 2-12 years.

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