The sweet pangolin!
One of my favourite animals in the world and sadly one of the most hunted endangered species!
But what IS a pangolin?
African and Asian mammal that has a body covered with horny overlapping scales, a small head with an elongated snout, a long sticky tongue for catching ants and termites, and a tapering tail.
So here are some facts about this magical creature..
Pangolins are insectivores, feeding mainly on ants and termites.
There are 8 species of pangolin.. 4 in Africa and 4 in Asia.
Male Indian Pangolins can be up to 90% heavier than their female counterparts.
Due to the lack of scales on their snout, eyes, ears and underbelly, pangolins curl into a ball for protection when threatened.
Pangolins do not have teeth, they chew with gravel and keratinous spines located inside the stomach. They open anthills/termite mounds with their claws and catch the insects with their sticky tongues, which can be up to 70cm long!
Sometimes longer than the pangolin itself..
Pangolins have very poor eyesight and so they rely on their keen sense of smell to navigate and find
As they have very long claws on their front paws, which are unsuitable for walking, pangolins often walk on their hind legs.
Pangolins have prehensile tails that they can use for balance or hanging from tree branches.
Pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same substance as horns, fingernails and hair
Pangolins spend most of their time in burrows (often abandoned warthog burrows). They only come out at night. A pangolin only walks a few miles each night, but tends to use the same burrow for many months.
Baby pangolins are carried on their mothers back and tail.
Horrifically however..Tens of thousands of pangolins are killed EVERY year for sales in scales and flesh!
Please please please take a moment to sign the petition to help these wonderful creatures
You can also follow Project Pangolin on Facebook
I hate to think that these guys will be gone before many people even realise they exist.. So please get involved and spread the word!
We need more pangolin awareness...
When I created my pangolin wookie I had several messages from people that had never heard of them
so this little guy has done a great job already!
You should also sign THIS petition
Lets face it.. As soon as an animal is featured in a Disney film..The world goes crazy over it!
This would be an amazing awareness campaign!
So please guys.. Just click on the links and make YOUR mark!
Or you could blink and miss them..
Why not find out an interesting pangolin fact for yourself and leave a comment!?
I'd love to hear from you..
Love and rainbows Kitty xxx