Andean Hairy Armadillo, Chaetophractus nationi

The Andean hairy armadillo (Chaetophractus nationi) is native to Bolivia but can also be found in Argentina, Peru, and Chile. It prefers a habitat within grasslands at high elevations, where it makes burrows in the sand. The species is an omnivore, but there is little known about its habits. The Andean hairy armadillo is threatened by hunting because it is used for food, musical instruments, and crafts and it is also threatened by habitat loss. It is found in one protected area in Bolivia, but more research is needed about its status as a distinct species before any conservation efforts can be conducted. The Andean hairy armadillo can be found on Appendix II of CITES and in the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: An Andean hairy armadillo (Chaetophractus nationi) in Oruro, Bolivia. Credit: Guido Valverde/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)