New Podcast Episode: Arnaud Desbiez and his Giant Armadillo study
Charles and I had the great pleasure of chatting with Arnaud Desbiez last month from his home in the Brazilian Pantanal. Since 2010, Arnaud, a Whitley Award-winning conservationist, and his team have been studying one of the planet’s most iconic and secretive animals: the Giant Armadillo. A few lucky mammalwatchers will have met Arnaud in Brazil, and the luckiest of those have seen a Giant Armadillo with his help.
Very little was known about this magnificent mammal before Arnaud’s work began and the more the project uncovers the more we understand just how important a role this species plays in the ecosystems it inhabits. Arnaud talks about the challenges both Giant Armadillos – and Giant Armadillo researchers – face. We learn about Giant Armadillos dedication as parents, their longevity and why their burrows have earned the nickname “Hotel Armadillo”.