Pangolin Trafficking

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.

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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.

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Pangolins Trafficking
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.

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Alex

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