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Nov-25

FEATURED CRITTER:  Pangolin 

25 Nov 2017

Pangolins are the Cutest Animals You've Never Heard Of

Pangolins are amazing: they are the only known mammal to have scales, they have amazing long tongues, and yet they are the most heavily poached animal in the...

  • Edited November 25, 2017 12:25 pm  by  PennyCC
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Nov-25

What Is A Pangolin?

Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.

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Nov-25

Why is the Pangolin Endangered?

Pangolins are hunted for food, for use in traditional medicine and as fashion accessories, and for a rampant illegal international trade in scales, skins, and meat. There is high demand for nearly all of their body parts, principally from China. The large-scale illegal trade in Asian pangolins is drastically driving down their numbers throughout Southeast Asia. Rapid loss and deterioration of available habitat places added pressure on the dwindling numbers of remaining pangolins.

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Nov-25

Meet Syd; a hand reared pangolin

Syd and his mom was rescued from poachers in South Africa, but he was too weak to be returned to the wild right away. After being hand reared from a weak 300...

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