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Brasilia Zoo Giant armadillo!

Discussion in 'Brazil' started by devilfish, 28 Jan 2017.

  1. devilfish

    devilfish Well-Known Member

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    According to Facebook, a young female giant armadillo seems to have gone on display, making this one of a small handful of collections displaying the species. :)
     
  2. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    It would help if you let us know which collection you are posting about :p
     
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    Wait!! There are actually giant armadillos in captivity? I would love to see some come over to the states if possible. Where else are they being held?
     
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    Sorry, I thought I was posting it in Brasilia Zoo. @TeaLovingDave, please could you move the thread into the right place?
     
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    They are held in a small number of institutions, all of which are in Latin America. There is a zoo in Colombia called Bioparque los Ocarros that I believe is well-known for having them.
     
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    What is the reason that giant armadillos aren't more widespread in captivity? I assume it's a husbandry issue, but I would like any detail that anybody can provide. Great news that there's now another holder!
     
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    Yes you are right. I think it has something to do with burrowing. I heard that they dig extremely deep and its hard to keep them in a captive situation.
     
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    Another reason is that they are quite rare in the wild, difficult to find and even more difficult to catch ( and they are a protected species in ( most of ? ) its native range ! ).
     
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    I have now done so :)
     
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    Apart from the one in Brasilia and the couple in Bioparque los Ocarros, there is another specimen in Bolivia's Santa Cruz Zoo, and possibly more in a Northern Argentinian zoo.
     
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    Here is Maria Bonita aka Mabu the female giant armadillo at Brasilia zoo. She was rescued at a local building site where she was found hiding in a burrow,only a few weeks old. Now Mabu is the treasure of Brasilia Zoo.
     
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