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Giant Armadillo

Papercraft kit : The Giant armadillo dressed in armor.

Rare Animals of the World

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Rare animal of the world, The Amazon series No.4. The giant armadillo, the largest species in the Armadillo family, is classified as “Vulnerable [VU]” in the Red List.

We made a paper craft model of the giant armadillo that looks as if its whole body is covered with hard armor. You can download it and enjoy the paper craft model and assembly instructions.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in May, 2005.

Giant Armadillo - Animal Guide

  • Giant Armadillo - Armadillo Family
  • Priodontes maximus
  • Height : 75 to 110 cm / Weight : 19 to 22 kg
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Vulnerable [VU]

The giant armadillo is the largest species in the Armadillo family, whose entire body is covered with hard scales that look like being paved with tiles. Its shell is thick and heavy. It looks like it might be a slow, lumbering animal, but in fact it's quite quick on its toes. It stands by balancing on its hind legs and walks with its tail.
Another characteristic of the giant armadillo is its sharp forefoot claws that are 20 cm long. It defends itself by curling up like a ball when it detects danger but because its body is unable to form a complete ball, it can dig holes quickly to hide in when it senses life-threatening situations. Its long, sharp claws are used for protection, digging burrows, and grubbing up ant mounds for food. Giant armadillos are nocturnal creatures and are active at night. They feed mainly on ants and termites, and also spiders, worms, and snails as well as larva.


They are found in broadly in forests and savannas close to water sources, mostly in the eastern parts of the Andes in South America. They dig burrows near termite mounds. They are not territorial and generally live independently, not in groups. The gestation period is about 4 months and the mother armadillo gives birth to litters of one or two babies. Newborns have relatively complete shells at birth. Giant armadillos are threatened by over-hunting for food in the Amazon basin and Paraguay, and by deforestation due to road constructions.

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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