Extinction danger to three-banded armadillo

The three banded armadillo rolls up like a soccer ball. In Brazil, this species has become the mascot for the 2014 World Cup. Its symbolic popularity has only increased depopulation by souvenir hunters. Also, its forest habitat in the northeast Caatinga area has been reduced by almost half through deforestation. Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is aware of the problem and is helping to raise awareness of this species survival problem.

Updated: August 18, 2014 — 7:19 pm
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