Eight species of pangolins are found on two continents. They range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered.
All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws, and two are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
No one knows how many pangolins are left in the wild. But scientists and activists say the number is shrinking fast.
Pangolins have been hunted almost to extinction. It’s believed to be the world’s most trafficked non-human mammal. Tens of thousands of pangolins are poached every year, killed for their scales for use in traditional Chinese medicine and for their meat
Pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same material that makes up fingernails, hair, and horn. Pangolin scales, like rhino horn, have no proven medicinal value, yet they are used in traditional Chinese medicine to help with ailments ranging from lactation difficulties to arthritis
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The Chinese government has removed pangolin scales from its 2020 list of approved ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine, a move campaigners describe as a "critical step" towards saving the world's most trafficked mammal.
One adult pangolin can eat 70 million insects each year. Pangolins live predominantly on a diet of ants and termites, which they may supplement with various other invertebrates including bee larvae, flies, worms, earthworms, and crickets.
An estimated 10 per cent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans.
Asian pangolins in particular are threatened by loss of habitat due to expanding agriculture and other human uses. Pangolins dig deep burrows for sleeping and nesting that contain circular chambers. Large chambers have been discovered in terrestrial pangolin burrows that are big enough for a human to crawl inside and stand up
Their name, “pangolin”, is derived from the Malay word “pengguling”, which loosely translates to “something that rolls up” – and indeed, they do! To defend themselves when feeling threatened, the small mammals roll up in a ball, similarly to hedgehogs and armadillos.
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£125 is what Mary Rouncefield’s awesome featured original painting will cost you but above all is what will be given to her chosen charity – Fauna & Flora.
Here is what Mary has to say about it all –
“I would like to raise money for ‘Fauna And Flora International‘ who are running a campaign to help pangolins.
The pangolin is an ancient species and quite unique.
I wish to support biodiversity.”
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