Pangolins are native to 15 African countries and live in dense forests and forested savanna areas. When sensing danger they will roll themselves up into balls using its armor-plated scales for protection. These scales are also very sharp and will cut through anything inserted in between them. An increasingly vulnerable mammal that is hunted primarily by humans it receives protected status as its numbers in the wild continue to decline. Learn more about this threatened animal!
The primary threat to pangolins in Asia is illicit hunting for illegal international trade, predominantly for meat, which is considered a delicacy in some Chinese and Vietnamese cultures, and scales, used as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicines.