World Pangolin Day – 20th February
The Pangolin is one of the rarest species on Earth, and well deserving of protection due to threats from poaching for meat and scales. Here are 10 Facts about Pangolins at a time when environmentalists worldwide commemorate World Pangolin Day.
- The Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked non-human mammal. It is hunted for meat and for scales in Vietnam and China.
- All eight species of the Pangolin are endangered or threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- There are four species of the Pangolin in Africa and four in Asia.
- Pangolin scales, like rhino horn are made of keratin(same material in hair, fingernails) and have no proven medicinal value.
- The word Pangolin is derived from the Malay word “penggulung” meaning “roller” after the self-defence action adopted by pangolins when threatened.
- With the rise of the Covid19 pandemic , there have been theories that developed alleging that the virus spread from bats to pangolins and then to humans in China.
- Various legal developments have been achieved at the domestic level to protect pangolins. For example, pangolins are protected in Taiwan under the Wildlife Conservation Act and in Zimbabwe under the Parks and Wildlife Act.
- About one million Pangolins were killed between 2010 and 2020.
- The commercial trade in pangolins is outlawed by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
- You can be involved in the protection of pangolins by raising awareness, donating or assisting environmental and wildlife groups such as Advocates4Earth involved in wildlife protection. Get in touch with us for more information on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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