Three Banded Armadillo


One of the only species of armadillo that can roll into a complete ball to defend itself against predators.

Its armor is made out of keratin, the same protein in human fingernails. Most animals are unable to bite through this tough material.

Like most insect eating animals, armadillos have a long sticky tongue to slurp bugs as quickly as possible. They are also equipped with strong claws to tear open ant nests.

Armadillos have poor eyesight and rely on their exceptional hearing, sensory hairs and sense of smell to detect food and predators.

The word Armadillo, in Spanish, means “Little Armored One.”

Click HERE for an Armadillo Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Dahlia, Female - Born May 2021

Dahlia came to the Zoo in 2022. She has a lot of energy and loves moving around her habitat discovering the new goodies the care staff place for her.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Cingulata
  • Family: Dasypodidae
  • Genus: Tolypeutes
  • Species: Tolypeutes matacus

Animal Facts

  • Insectivore
  • Threatened
  • Grasslands
  • Mostly Nocturnal

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