Thank you to everyone who participated in World Pangolin Day 2013! We’re already looking forward to the next WPD on 15 February 2014!
World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining, particularly in Southeast Asia. However, pangolin trafficking is also a serious problem in the rest of Asia, as well as Africa.
In 2012, an estimated 60,000 pangolins (based on seizures) were victims of the illegal wildlife trade.
The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife. There is no evidence to support claims regarding medicinal properties of pangolin scales or any other part of the pangolin.
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Watch an adorable baby Cape pangolin named “Champ” stick out his tongue:
Got questions about World Pangolin Day? Send an email to: info [at] pangolins [dot] org