I’ve been trying to learn about the wildlife around the world. Having more knowledge of the beauty of our earth is a great gift. Pangolins are threatened by poaching (for their meat and scales) and massive deforestation of their natural habitats and are the most trafficked mammals in the world.
Facts about pangolins :
• The pangolin’s closest relatives are carnivores, but they are the only mammals that are covered in scales.
• Pangolin scales are made of keratin, just like our fingernails, and make up 20 per cent of their body weight.
• The word ‘pangolin’ comes from the Malay word ‘penghulu’, which means ‘one that rolls up’. When it is threatened a pangolin will curl itself into a tight ball, which is impenetrable to predators.
• The mammal can consume up to 20,000 ants a day. That’s about 73 million ants a year!
• Pangolins can close their ears and nostrils using strong muscles. This helps protect them from ant attacks.
The pangolin trade is the illegal poaching, trafficking, and sale of pangolins, parts of pangolins, or pangolin-derived products. Pangolins are believed to be the world’s most trafficked mammal, accounting for as much as 20% of all illegal wildlife trade. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a million pangolins were poached in the decade prior to 2014. I saw a pangolin being trapped and caught online and it was curled on itself, shaking and scared. I tasted blood in my mouth because of men like me will drive pangolins to extinction in my lifetime.