World Pangolin Day 2015

Happy World Pangolin Day, readers!

In case you aren’t aware, World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in February to increase awareness of this little guy:

Isn't he adorable?

Isn’t he adorable?

Related to armadillos, anteaters, and sloths, pangolins are scaled creatures with long sticky tongues and impressive claws.

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Various subspecies of pangolin are adapted for swimming or climbing trees!

Three-cusped-pangolin-swimmingSadly, of the eight species of pangolin of Africa and Asia, half are listed as vulnerable, a quarter endangered, and the remaining quarter critically endangered.

There are severe human-based threats to pangolins;  they are hunted for use in food, medicine, fashion, and more.

Why would anyone want to eat me?

Why would anyone want to eat me?

There’s good news, however!  Conservation efforts are in place, and awareness is being raised each year with World Pangolin Day (today marks the fourth annual celebration)!

How can we help?  Check out these sites for more information!

SavePangolins

African Wildlife Fund

Project Pangolin

For added fun, check out Honey Badger Narrates:  The Mysterious and Endangered Pangolin:  Honey Badger cares- shouldn’t we?

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