Despite the large amount of armadillo species, all of them can be found in South America. They have few natural predators, which has allowed them to slowly spread all throughout Central America and into the southern United States. Unfortunately, many armadillo species are endangered. They primarily suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation, and they are sometimes hunted for their leathery skin.
No armadillo species are currently listed as Endangered, although giant armadillos and pink fairy armadillos were once considered endangered until their numbers increased. Some species are listed as Near Threatened or Vulnerable, while others have a status of Least Concern. For other species, there is not enough data to determine a classification. The main threats to armadillos include habitat loss and being hunted for food.