With a face like that, would you ever expect this little critter to be the world’s most hunted animal? I certainly wouldn’t!
There are 8 species of pangolin, four in Asia and four in Africa. You are currently looking at an adorable White-Bellied Pangolin from Central/West Africa. According to Southeast Asian traditional medicine beliefs, pangolin scales have incredible healing properties. This is unequivocally NOT TRUE. Their scales are made of keratin, the same substance that is in your hair and fingernails. Unfortunately that hasn’t slowed the demand. Rather, the demand for pangolin scales on the Asian Black Market has only increased over the past few decades, and traffickers have become increasingly organized in their smuggling efforts. Consequently, all Asian species of pangolin are currently listed as endangered or critically endangered, and now the African pangolins, like the one you see here, are heading that direction due to that same demand.
Arguably the biggest problem facing the pangolin? NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE. Raising awareness is key to the survival of these species.
You can start by tagging a friend. If everyone did that, this would go a very long way in helping the pangolin.
Moreover, bring up the pangolin in conversation; you’ll sound smart and be doing a good thing in one breath.
To all you folks with big ❤️s, THANK YOU!!!
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