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Why an armadillo page?

You may be asking yourself, "What kind of nut would devote an entire page to armadillos? Why does this page even exist?" Well, here is your answer. In a world that is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate, every animal should be taken seriously, not just as a part of the world we share but as a reservoir of genetic information that could be invaluable in the future. People seem to have a tendency to save only the "cute" animals, but each one is as important as any other. "So, why armadillos?" you ask. "Aren't there thousands of them all over the southwest?" The answer is yes -- there are quite a few armadillos in the United States and Mexico. However, all of these animals represent only one species of 'dillo, the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). This is only one of about twenty kinds of armadillo, and several of the others are endangered. The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphoras truncatus) is restricted to several small arid regions of South America, and the giant armadillo (Priodontes giganteus) has been hunted extensively both as a food source and as an agricultural pest. If this is new information to you, then you should check out the rest of this page. I hope that in some small way this page might encourage others to take a good long look at other "unimportant" species before we lose them forever.

The above text gently lifted from:
Armadillo Online

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