A pangolin, also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. Pangolins have large keratin scales covering its skin and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".
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!