Edinburgh Zoo is proud to introduce, Rica, a baby Southern Three-Banded Armadillo! She was born to mother, Rio, and father, Rodar, on August 24th.
Although, Rica was a mere 81 grams (less than 3 oz) at birth, and was around the size of a golf ball, she has already quadrupled in weight during the first month of life.
Both parents arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in March 2014. Given the short length of time the two have been at the Zoo, it is an amazing achievement and testament to the specialist skills of their keepers, that both Rio and Rodar felt comfortable enough to make a family in their new home.
Southern Three-Banded Armadillos are native to South America. They are found in parts of northern Argentina, southwestern Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. This armadillo and the other member of the genus ‘Tolypeutes’, the Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillo, are the only species of armadillos capable of rolling into a complete ball to defend themselves. The three characteristic bands that cover the back of the animal allow it enough flexibility to fit its tail and head together, allowing protection from predators. They are currently classified as ‘Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List.
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