This is the African Pangolin (still alive today). Its front claws are too big to walk on and are used primarily for digging for insects. It looks like a dinosaur!!

This is the African Pangolin (still alive today). Its front claws are too big to walk on and are used primarily for digging for insects. It looks like a dinosaur!!

Shared by boebanie. This is the African Pangolin (still alive today). Its front claws are too big to walk on and are used primarily for digging for insects. It looks like a dinosaur!

An African Pangolin ~ With small conical heads and jaws lacking teeth, pangolins have amazingly long, muscular, and sticky tongues that are perfect for reaching and lapping up ants and termites in deep cavities.

An African Pangolin ~ With small conical heads and jaws lacking teeth, pangolins have amazingly long, muscular, and sticky tongues that are perfect for reaching and lapping up ants and termites in deep cavities.

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Shy Pangolin | ©Gary Parker Common names: Cape pangolin, Scaly anteater, South African pangolin, Temminck’s ground pangolin, Pangolin De Te...

Shy Pangolin | ©Gary Parker Common names: Cape pangolin, Scaly anteater, South African pangolin, Temminck’s ground pangolin, Pangolin De Te...

All four African pangolin species -- the ground pangolin (Manis temminckii), giant ground pangolin (Manis gigantea), white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspid), black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla) -- have been moved from Least Concern to Vulnerable. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust

All 8 Pangolin Species Threatened with Extinction; 2 Species Now 'Critically Endangered'

All four African pangolin species -- the ground pangolin (Manis temminckii), giant ground pangolin (Manis gigantea), white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspid), black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla) -- have been moved from Least Concern to Vulnerable. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust

Did you know: In 2014, 6.7 tons of African pangolin scales were confiscated in Asia.

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Did you know: In 2014, 6.7 tons of African pangolin scales were confiscated in Asia.

By Marion Schon for ABUN - artists and biologists unite for nature in collaboration with the African Pangolin Working Group and OMG. Photo credit: Cedric Jacquet and Elyane van Coillie.

By Marion Schon for ABUN - artists and biologists unite for nature in collaboration with the African Pangolin Working Group and OMG. Photo credit: Cedric Jacquet and Elyane van Coillie.

By Kitty Harvill for ABUN - artists and biologists unite for nature in collaboration with the African Pangolin Working Group and OMG. Photo credit: Cedric Jacquet and Elyand van Coillie.

By Kitty Harvill for ABUN - artists and biologists unite for nature in collaboration with the African Pangolin Working Group and OMG. Photo credit: Cedric Jacquet and Elyand van Coillie.

Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are mammals of the order Pholidota. Species range in size from 30 to 100 centimetres (12 to 39 in).    Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues.

Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are mammals of the order Pholidota. Species range in size from 30 to 100 centimetres (12 to 39 in). Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues.

BLACK BELLIED PANGOLIN: This female black bellied pangolin was rehabilitated (at Sangha Lodge, CAR) from an orphan at one month to full grown, when she was released back into the Central African rainforest. She is currently living free, still being observed from a distance. She was named Pangi and is the ONLY black bellied pangolin that has ever been observed for any length of time - seen here with Armand, the animal carer at Sangha Lodge during her time of rehabilitation there.

BLACK BELLIED PANGOLIN: This female black bellied pangolin was rehabilitated (at Sangha Lodge, CAR) from an orphan at one month to full grown, when she was released back into the Central African rainforest. She is currently living free, still being observed from a distance. She was named Pangi and is the ONLY black bellied pangolin that has ever been observed for any length of time - seen here with Armand, the animal carer at Sangha Lodge during her time of rehabilitation there.

African White-bellied/Tree pangolin, Phataginus tricuspis

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