Since 2000, it is estimated that more than 1 million pangolins have been traded illegally making them the most trafficked mammal in the world.
Pangolins- mysterious and little-known species that continue to enchant people all over the world with their weird and wonderful dinosaur walk! Despite many people being unaware of them, pangolins are thought to be the world’s most-trafficked mammal species.
Did you know?
● Most illegally trafficked wild mammal in the world
● They are mainly nocturnal.
● Pangolins roll into a ball to outwit predators like big cats, but this can’t protect them from poachers
● Pangolins’ scales are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up our own hair and nails.
● The scales comprise about 20% of their total body weight.
Demand is high for
Meat: pangolins are eaten as a luxury dish
Scales, blood, and other body parts: widely used in traditional medicines and as ‘health tonics’.
Skins and scales: to make clothes and ornaments
Since 2000, it is estimated that more than 1 million pangolins have been traded illegally, endangering this wonderful creature and making it more difficult to ensure pangolins are saved.