Today, a coalition of wildlife groups petitioned the U.S. government to designate pangolins as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and also asked the agency to protect pangolins under the Act’s “similarity of appearance” provision.
Pangolin. Photo by Georg Steinmetz. Not a mobile pineapple, the pangolins are scaly mammals from Southeast Asia. They are toothless, have poor eyesight, eat insects, and their sole defense is emitting a bad odor while curling into a ball. The Pangolin is endangered due to use in traditional Chinese medicine. The animals are 30-40 pounds each and in just one year government agents confiscated 220,000 pounds of pangolin parts being exported.
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".
Pangolin baby and mama When born, pangolins are about six inches long and weigh about 12 ounces (.75 lbs). Their scales are soft and pale, and begin to harden by the second day. Pangolin mothers nurture their young in nesting burrows.
A pangolin that was confiscated from poachers along with his mother. He was very weak & could not be released with his mom & is being hand raised at SanWild Sanctuary. Click on the picture to be lead to a website all about the amazing Pangolin