Below you will find reliable sources of information suggested by our Specialist Group.


Established in 2005, the Pangolin, Aardvark and Xenarthra Taxon Advisory Group (PAX TAG) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) supports the conservation of pangolins, aardvarks, and xenarthrans around the world through captive management, conservation  education, and engagement in in situ management and conservation programs. Advocacy for these species—both in captivity and the wild– is also part of the PAX TAG’s mission.

Instituto Tamanduá

Initiated by Dr. Flávia Miranda, member of the IUCN SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group, this Brazilian NGO is dedicated to the in situ and ex situ conservation of xenarthrans.

fAUNA Paraguay

Paul Smith, member of the IUCN SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group, compiled an incredible amount of information, photographs, sound recordings, and videos of Paraguayan fauna, including the Xenarthra.


Fernando is a talented photographer from Brazil who seeks to showcase the wonders of nature to raise awareness for the conservation of wildlife, including xenarthrans.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals on a global scale.

Fundación AIUNAU

The Colombian center for the study and conservation of sloths is led by Tinka Plese, member of the IUCN SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group.

Green Heritage Fund Suriname

Led by Monique Pool, member of the IUCN SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group, GHFS recently opened a beautiful rehab center for Xenarthra in Suriname.

Programa Tatu-Bola

This beautiful and successful project is dedicated to the research and conservation of the Brazilian three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus).

Directory of IUCN SSC Specialist Groups

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts working together in more than 140 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi or animals while others focus on broader issues such as reintroduction of species into former habitats, climate change, wildlife health and sustainable use and trade.

Nurtured by Nature

Nurtured by Nature develops, implements, and provides sustainable interactions with the wonders of nature and environmentally sustainable breeding conservation programs for several species of reptiles and mammals, including three-banded armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus).

Armadillos de Chile

An innovative initiative to raise awareness, promote research and initiate conservation strategies for the three armadillo species that occur in Chile.