Lucas Barreto

  • Project name: Saving giant armadillos from extinction in the Atlantic Forest
  • Project site: Rio Doce State Park, Brazil
  • EDGE species: Giant Armadillo, Priodontes maximus
  • Active: 2024 - ongoing


Lucas is the project coordinator of field activities for the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project at the Wild Animal Conservation Institute in Brazil.

Lucas hopes that he will be able to build knowledge in a joint and participatory fashion to improve his abilities as a conservation professional. He hopes to gain confidence in his work by providing the knowledge, experience, and connections that will help him grow and fully embrace and understand his profession at a higher level.

EDGE Project

Lucas’ project aims to create and implement conservation measures for the last viable population of the giant armadillo in the Atlantic Forest.

His objectives are to:

  • Assess how the giant armadillo uses fragments surrounding the Rio Doce State Park (RDSP).
  • Propose corridors to increase connectivity between fragments and RDSP.
  • Characterize the conflict between beekeepers and giant armadillos and implement conservation measures to mitigate it.
  • Create and implement a Communication Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) plan for the Giant Armadillo.