Charismatic denizens of South America's Gran Chaco dry forest include several species of armadillo, an important source of protein for the indigenous hunter-gatherer populations who are dependent on the ecological integrity of this vast, relatively little-known biome.

With the help of these cartoons, "Tatureta" distills the results of Erika Cuéllar's MSc thesis examining  hunting impact on armadillo ecology and population dynamics, in a format more amicable to the Isoseño hunters and their families who participated in the orginal study.


Isoseño hunters invariably use dogs to hunt armadillos.

Armadillos eat a lot insects, themselves an important source of protein.
Different species of armadillo have different micro-habitats and activity patterns.