Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and are targeted for their meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Poached pangolins, also known as ‘scaly anteaters’, have unfortunate fate and have been hunted from the wild, upholding a thriving trade primarily in China and Vietnam, that continues to supply chefs with the animal’s meat.
Thirty-two pangolins were found and rescued after a dramatic chase. These animals were found tied up in tight nets and plastic bags, struggling for air and space, with no access to food or water. It took a while to take them out, as they were found covered by their own poop and urine.
All of them managed to survive these harrowing conditions and are were brought back to the center alive. When transported some had to share a box, but they all look strong and made it alive.
Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin, and they are the only known mammals with this feature. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long tongues.
Unfortunately, scenes like these are common. In fact, pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the worldthe most trafficked mammals in the world, with populations rapidly declining due to a growing demand for their meat and scales. The species are the only mammals completely covered in scales, which provides them an effective defense against all their predators except humans. It is estimated that more than one million pangolins have been taken from the wild and illegally traded over the past decade alone.