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IUCN Species of the Day: Golden Vizcacha Rat
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Photo credit: Ruben Barquez   The Golden Vizcacha Rat, Pipanacoctomys aureus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is known only from one small area at Salar de Pipanaco in the Catamarca province, Argentina, where it inhabits a narrow band of halophytic (salt-tolerant) plant habitat, and specializes on feeding on the halophytic plants. The main threat to...

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IUCN Species of the Day:  Giant Armadillo
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  Photo credit: Carly Vynne   The Giant Armadillo, Priodontes maximus, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is the largest living armadillo species, and occurs east of the Andes in South America, from northern Venezuela and the Guianas south to Paraguay, southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Although still widespread, the Giant Armadillo is patchily distributed and locally...

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