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The Pangolin is the only mammal to have scales. These scales cover its body and tail and are used to protect itself from predators. They also have to protect their nose, ears and eyes from the ants they eat so they can actually close them all up and use their tongue (which can be over 20 cm in length) to slurp up the tasty snacks.

DID YOU KNOW?

A baby Pangolin rides on its mothers tail to get around!

FACT FILE

Type of animal: Mammal

Region: Africa and Asia

Habitat: Forests and Grassland

Maximum Length: 1.1m (including tail)

Diet: Ants and Termites

Status:   Vulnerable   -->   Critically Endangered  

REGION

China and Nepal

South East Asia and Indonesia

India and Nepal

Philippines

Central and East Africa

Philippines

Central West and South Africa

Central and East Africa

SPECIES

Chinese Pangolin

Sunda Pangolin

Indian Pangolin

Philippine Pangolin

Black-bellied Pangolin

Giant Ground Pangolin

Temminck's Ground Pangolin

White-bellied Pangolin

STATUS

  Critically Endangered  

  Critically Endangered  

  Endangered  

  Endangered  

  Vulnerable 

  Vulnerable 

  Vulnerable 

  Vulnerable 

APPROX. POPULATION

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

Unknown (Decreasing)

HABITAT

There are 8 different species of Pangolin in the world and they are found in Africa and Asia. They prefer warmer climates within the Tropics but you can find some as far North as Nepal and Pakistan.

CONSERVATION - HOW TO HELP THE PANGOLIN

The Pangolin are thought to be the most illegally trafficked animal in the world. Their scales are highly valued in places such as China where they are used for medicine. The population of Asian Pangolins has reduced so dramatically that illegal hunters are now going to Africa to hunt the many species that live there. 

Many governments have put a stop to and made the trade in Pangolins illegal and charities and organisations are now fighting to help save the 8 species. As you can see from the species list above 2 of the 8 species are critically endangered which means in a few years these animals could become extinct.

A global agreement has been made between many many countries to try to stop the illegal trade. It is hard to enforce this law but the public awareness of the threat to Pangolins is now much higher which will help.

YOU CAN HELP BY...

• Not eating Pangolin meat.

• Refusing to buy Pangolin products such as jewellery, medicines and clothing.

• Reporting any illegal activity such as people poaching or keeping them as pets.

• Easiest of all is to spread the word and encourage others to visit this site and learn more about these wonderful animals.

FIND OUT MORE

• The leading Pangolin conservation - https://www.savepangolins.org

• The World Wildlife Foundations dedicated page for Pangolins - https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin

• The leading specialist group on Pangolins worldwide - https://www.pangolinsg.org

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