Consider Yourself Lucky If You See One
Where to see them
There are eight species of Pangolins in the world, four are found in Asia and four are found in Africa. They prefer sandy soils and can be found in woodlands and savannas that are within reach of water. In Africa, they are dispersed throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Africa.
Pangolin scales are made of keratin just like our fingernails and make up 20% of their body weight. When threatened a Pangolin will curl itself into a tight ball which is impenetrable to predators. They can consume up to 20,000 ants a day that’s about 73 million ants a year. Pangolins don’t have teeth so they can’t chew, they swallow stones instead that help them grind up their food.
How to help
Human’s have taken a tragic toll on the Pangolin. They are the world’s most trafficked wildlife animal. The large scale trafficking is driven by the high demand in certain Asian countries for their scales which are believed to cure illnesses such as cancer and asthma, as well as the belief their scales have magical properties that neutralize witchcraft and evil spirits. Their meat is also considered a delicacy. Educating consumers about wildlife products and the damage being done to wildlife populations and the lack of any medicinal value or magical properties is key for the Pangolins survival.
There are ways to help save the kings and queens of the Savannah, and below are some organizations that work tirelessly for them.
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