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Pictures of the day: 30 June 2008

Pangolin: Conservation of endangered animals in South Africa Conservation of the endangered animals in South Africa has gained importance with the government. 582 national parks and nature reserves have been set up throughout the country. About 90 percent of the endangered animals in the region are found in these protected areas. Therefore, some timely efforts have been initiated for the protection of the endangered animals in South Africa. http://www.gondwanagr.co.za

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A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".

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Sunda pangolin with her pangopup: Manis javanica is critically endangered and is found in the forests of Southeast Asia. She has a conical heads and a sticky tongue for poking into termite and ant nests and but no teeth. Her baby is often called a 'pangopup'. by australiangeographic #Pangolin #Pangopup

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The Pangolin

Born to be hunted: A one-day-old baby pangolin seeking refuge with its mother. Description from da-naturalist.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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Mother and Baby Pangolin Mamma Pangolin's carry their babies on their backs and take good care of their young. Hunted for food and for their scales, I am wondering now if their scales are ending up in my shampoo as keratin? No more Keratin shampoo!

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Meet some of the world’s rarest baby animals

Catching a lift and saving on the bus fare: Meet Radin, the baby Sunda pangolin hitching a ride with its mother

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