Shiny, shy and solitary: Why pangolins are in peril

2019-05-15 19:06
One of the images from Adrian Steirn’s photo essay ‘The Pangolin Men’. (Adrian Steirn)

One of the images from Adrian Steirn’s photo essay ‘The Pangolin Men’. (Adrian Steirn)

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Pangolins are considered to be a highly endangered species and is the world's most trafficked mammal. It has the highest protection status of any endangered species in SA, including the rhino and elephant.

Here are 7 things you should know:

  • Pangolins are the world’s only mammal with scales
  • They are heading toward extinction
  • Pangolins are trafficked by the thousand for their meat and scales
  • The scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Their meat is considered a delicacy
  • Pangolins have no teeth
  • In some of the smaller pangolin species, their tongue is actually longer than their entire body length

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Eye of the Pangolin, a ground-breaking new documentary is due to be released globally on 18 May and will be available for streaming online.

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Slowly, the tiny ball in the wooden crate began to unwind. Its scales moved and a pointy nose followed by two black button eyes emerged. Natalie was entranced. The baby pangolin unwrapped its tail, holding out its front legs and gazed at her, asking to be picked up. It was love at first sight.

Pangolin being walked to forage naturally.

A pangolin being walked to forage naturally. (Supplied: Neil Aldridge)

Outrage over ruling in pangolin case

Outrage greeted news that the 42-year-old man who tried to sell a pangolin in Pietermaritzburg was given a R240 000 fine or alternatively a wholly suspended three-year sentence.

Singapore seizes more pangolin scales in week's 2nd bust

Singapore has seized 14 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 21 000 endangered mammals in the second such bust in less than a week.

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