Saturday, 15 February 2014

Happy World Pangolin Day

World Pangolin Day aims to raise awareness of these unique and fascinating mammals and the problems they face. Pangolins are rapidly declining, particularly in Asia. Pangolin trafficking is also becoming a serious problem in Africa.


In China, pangolin scales are wrongly believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. There is no evidence that any part of the pangolin actually has medicinal properties.

In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife.

You can find out more from World Pangolin Day

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8 comments:

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Juliet.
What adorable little creatures. Their scales look like shells. Remind me a bit of armadillos.
I'm running out of words any more to express my profound sorrow at what we as a species have done to ourselves.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Folk really are crazy aren't they. How long will it take us to break down these silly ideas about things like rhino horn, ivory and the flesh of endangered animals. Certainly not in our lifetime.

Rabbits' Guy said...

We are such a weird species ...

I am reading E O Wilson's "The Social Conquest of Earth" and he so well states the way of man in very few words. Sort of - "We Came. We Were. We Destroyed." How depressing ...

Crafty Green Poet said...

Maureen - they are adorable aren't they? And yes, just when will the human race see sense?

Weaver - yes, sadly these ideas are very fixed in some places...

Rabbits' Guy - I'll look out that book, i enjoyed E O Wilson's memoirs ...

eileeninmd said...

Thank you for this post, I had to looks at the link to see this critter. I have not heard of before. They are cute! I believe in protecting all the animals.

speedyrabbit said...

thanks for sharing this ,I've learned something new today,xx Rachel

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful animals. Had no idea of the danger they face. Many thanks

Greetings from London.

Jerry Ross said...

Yay, my favorite animals, I wore my fancy pangolin shirt proudly yesterday to celebrate!