#72 Show Notes |  Armadillos: Conserving the Americas’ Armored Specialists with Mariella Superina, DVM, Ph.D.

What is Episode 72 all about?

When I say think about a weird group of animals, what’s the first species that comes to mind? Maybe in your mind’s eye, you saw an anteater, or bush jewel beetles, perhaps an aye-aye, or possibly even a shoebill stork. Nature has designed weird creatures filling all kinds of niches, and one group, in particular, is as odd as it is cute: armadillos. Yes, the half-mammal, half-turtle-looking creatures that you’ve probably heard of but might not know much about. And you might not be aware about how vitally important armadillos are for maintaining biodiversity in the Americas. 

To teach us about these cute and weird critters is Mariella Superina, DVM, Ph.D., the world’s leading armadillo researcher. Hailing from Switzerland, Mariella’s life was forever changed when she traveled to Brazil at 18-years-old. While there, the farm’s cowboys showed her her first armadillo, and from that moment on she was obsessed. She returned to Europe wanting to consume everything she could about armadillos, but quickly realized very little was known. She later became a veterinarian and also received her doctorate on this funky group of mammals. Mariella and chat about many topics including all things armadillos, conservation issues and solutions that she’s developed in South America, how she blended multiple disciplines to research this group, and the opportunities and downfalls of studying such little-known animals. 

Mariella exudes passion and I enjoyed every second of our talk. Get ready to learn more than you thought possible about armadillos in-between lots of laughs, stories, and a few serious moments, too.

Alright, everyone. Here is my conversation with Mariella.

Listen to this episode.

#72 | Armadillos: Conserving the Americas’ Armored Specialists with Mariella Superina, DVM, Ph.D.

Watch this episode on YouTube.

Mariella’s Websites
Xenarthrans Profile: https://xenarthrans.org/researchers-profiles/

Xenarthrans – IUCN Specialist Group
Website: https://xenarthrans.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xenarthrans

The Armadillo Conservation Program
Fundación Omacha: https://omacha.org/

Sign up for the Rewildology Newsletter!

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest podcast shenanigans? Sign up for the Rewildology Newsletter! (We promise – interesting emails only!)

Success! You're on the list.

Check out other Rewildology Episodes.

#134 Show Notes | Saving the Elephants of Laos with Michael Vogler; Wildest Hits Vol. 1
What is Episode 134 all about? This month we are doing something brand new on the show – I’ve run the numbers and calculated the results to come up …
#133 Show Notes | May’s Sample Collection: Koalas, A Social Platform for the Conservation Community, Lynx in the Dinarics, and Wild Stories from Tanzania
What is Episode 133 all about? Wow, did the month of May fly by quickly. We learned about koalas, introduced a brand new social platform specially made for the …

Follow Rewildology

Leave a Reply

Scroll Up
%d bloggers like this: