The word ‘armadillo’ is derived from a Spanish word that means ‘little armoured one’. Their strong bony shell protects them from predators, although they are not able to roll into a ball like other types of armadillos. They are great diggers wit poor eyesight and live particularly on open plains.
Fun fact: Armadillos have a long sticky tongue that they use to lap up insects, especially ants.
Insects and fruit
All but one of the 20 species of armadillo come from Latin America – throughout Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay.
The maximum length is 50cm
Enjoys a lifespan of up to 18 years in captivity
Subscribe to our newsletter
Stay up to date with all that is happening at the park and receive exclusive offers and news.
You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.
We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices