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Though many think of them as reptiles, pangolins are actually mammals. They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales and they use those scales to protect themselves from predators in the wild. If under threat, a pangolin will immediately curl into a tight ball and will use their sharp-scaled tails to defend themselves.
Pangolins eat ants, termites and larvae and are often known as "the scaly anteater.
They certainly are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia and, increasingly, Africa. Pangolins are in high demand in countries like China and Vietnam.
Their meat is considered a delicacy and pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine and folk remedies. All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws. But there is still growing international illegal trade in pangolins. Based on reported seizures between andan estimated , pangolins were killed, which represents only the tip of the trade.
Experts believe that seizures represent as little as 10 percent of the actual volume in pangolins in illegal wildlife trade. Ina treaty of over governments announced an agreement that would end all legal trade of pangolins and further protect the species from extinction. However, illegal trade of the species continues. In Asia, we work to reduce consumer demand for illegal wildlife products with campaigns and partnerships with governments and businesses. In JuneChina increased protection for the native Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla to the highest level, which closed an important loophole for consumption of the species in-country.
Additionally, the government will no longer allow the use of pangolin scales in traditional medicine, a big win given that an estimatedpangolins were trafficked in for their scales alone Challender, et. Wildlife crime is the greatest threat to pangolin, so you can our Stop Wildlife Crime campaign and pledge to help threatened species including the pangolin.
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