Pink Fairy Armadillos, the smallest armadillos, are native to Argentina. “Pink Fairy Armadillo” is probably one of the coolest names we’ve heard for a species. How whimsical! Makes you want to learn everything about them, right? Unfortunately, not much is known about these elusive creatures because they are really difficult to study in the wild and don’t fare well in captivity. These armadillos are nocturnal and spend most of their time underground. When one does emerge, they may be run over or someone may take them as a pet. This result poses another slew of problems because Pink Fairy Armadillos don’t survive in captivity for longer than eight days, even though their lifespan in the wild is five to ten years.
Pink Fairy Armadillos are threatened by habitat destruction, pesticides, climate change, and domestic pet predation. Thus, these unique creatures are endangered and have been on the Endangered Species list since 1970. Unfortunately, many endangered species aren’t treated as such. They are poached, caught as by-catch, and don’t receive proper protection (especially when a large, profitable industry is involved.) The same holds true for Pink Fairy Armadillos.
There is legislation to protect Pink Fairy Armadillos, but more needs to be done! Some of them are still taken for the Black Market pet trade. Furthermore, their habitat is being destroyed, which is also causing a decline in their population. Sign this petition to implore the Argentinean government to take immediate action by writing comprehensive laws to protect the Pink Fairy Armadillo and their habitat.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Save Critically Endangered Species of Dolphins Native to New Zealand
- Save Endangered Pygmy Elephants From Poachers
- Save Endangered Marine Animals in Australia
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