The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a three-banded armadillo named Geronimo who serves as an animal ambassador, meeting guests up close and making television appearances.
Humans affect the armadillo in many ways. Some people consider them pests and call exterminators to rid them from their gardens. Armadillos are often run over by cars as the animals cross roads looking for food and new habitat. Many people eat them and use their shells for novelties like purses.
Another growing threat to all armadillos is habitat destruction: all species except the nine-banded armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus are decreasing in population. The Bolivian hairy armadillo Chaetophractus nationi, hairy long-nosed armadillo Dasypus pilosus, giant armadillo Priodontes maximus, and Brazilian three-banded armadillo Tolypeutes tricinctus are vulnerable.
These animals are truly industrious excavators that are great at digging, serve as excellent insect control, and both confuse and delight most humans who come across them.
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