Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2023

The illusive giant armadillo

The Guardian reports on the illusive giant armadillo

Weighing up to 50kg and growing up to 1.5 metres in length, the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is bigger than most large dogs, with a 15cm sickle claw used to plunder rock-hard termite mounds. Yet it was one of the least understood – and least recorded – animals. With a very low demographic density and shy night-time behaviour, the giant armadillo was mostly a ghost of South America – until Desbiez set to work.

Read article at  ‘The holy grail of mammals’: one man’s mission to learn the secrets of the giant armadillo | Endangered species | The Guardian

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