#pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up our own hair and nails. These scales cover their entire body from their head to their tip of their tail. There is a huge demand for pangolin scales for use as medicinal purposes, yet they have no medicinal value. Instead of demanding pangolin scales for medicine, we are demanding pangolins for emoticons
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Sunda pangolin or malayan pangolin
Great long distance shot by @johnny_kannan_raja Because I was lazy to carry my DSLR.(with much regret now)
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As mentioned we sighted 2 mature adults for the night near the road once again. But this time both were climbing trees! Usually the deep cement drains next to the footpath would have negative environmental consequences such as higher surface runoff, interruptions to natural ground water movements and an inescapable ditch for small snakes. However from what we observed,the drains were more of a deterrent for this stubby fella ,since a pangolin can't exactly leap a metre far. An interesting case of how urban develop has unintentionally assisted in protecting this vulnerable species.
Once upon a time there was a pangolin named Lucy...
Recently while going through old photographs of my mum & dad's I came across a photo of a pangolin. (circa mid 1950's) When I asked my dad about the photo he explained that the pangolin lived in a nearby sisal estate in Arusha (Tanzania) and would stop by quite often to visit and explore the gardens where my dad and family lived. The sisal estate was named Lucy Sisal Estate which is how Miss Lucy got her name. ||Commonly called “scaly anteaters”, pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. The animal is hunted for its meat and scales, and is the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. They eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. There are eight species of pangolin.
All eight species – four in Africa, including the Temminck’s ground pangolin found in Zimbabwe and South Africa – are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.||