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A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has 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".


Pictures of the day: 30 June 2008

Pangolin: Conservation of endangered animals in South Africa Conservation of the endangered animals in South Africa has gained importance with the government. 582 national parks and nature reserves have been set up throughout the country. About 90 percent of the endangered animals in the region are found in these protected areas. Therefore, some timely efforts have been initiated for the protection of the endangered animals in South Africa.

from ferrebeekeeper

The Pangolin

Pangolin, native to Africa, tongue 27 inches long for eating termites, no teeth, and a prehensile tail.

from Observation Deck


I know I usually only share baby animal news when it's related to the animals I've written about in my various weekly series, but I know that io9 loves Pangolins!


Mother and Baby Pangolin Mamma Pangolin's carry their babies on their backs and take good care of their young. Hunted for food and for their scales, I am wondering now if their scales are ending up in my shampoo as keratin? No more Keratin shampoo!

from BBC News

Are these animals too 'ugly' to be saved?

Montage of evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered creatures (Clockwise from top left: Sunda pangolin, Chinese giant salamander, Mallorcan midwife toad, long-beaked echidna and Ganges river dolphin) Here are a few of the less doe-eyed and fluffy and more spiky, scaly, big-nosed and slimy animals that might be conservation icons

from One Green Planet

Coal Companies Threaten to Destroy Last Remaining Habitat of the Highly Endangered Pangolin

Indian pangolins are already at risk of disappearing. Now their main habitat in Bangladesh, also the largest mangrove forest in the world, is being destroyed by corporations trying to build coal power plants.