Today is World Pangolin Day, and for good reason! Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa and this holiday is intended to raise awareness of this unique little creature and the problems it is facing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with a variety of groups to protect species like the Pangolin, Asian and African Elephants, Tigers, Rhinos, and so much more from wildlife trafficking and illegal poaching.
Pangolins are a solitary, primarily nocturnal, animal that is easily recognized by its full armor of scales. A startled Pangolin will cover its head with its front legs, exposing its scales to any potential predator. If touched or grabbed, it will roll up completely into a ball, while the sharp scales on the tail can be used to lash out. Also called scaly anteaters because of their preferred diet, Pangolins are increasingly victims of illegal wildlife crime—mainly in Asia and in growing amounts in Africa—for their meat and scales.
There are ways you can help protect Pangolins, today and every other day, check it out here: https://www.pangolins.org/world-pangolin-day/
Photo Credit: Maria Diekmann of Rare and Endangered Species Trust
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