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20th February 2021 marked the tenth World Pangolin Day. (Pictured is a baby pangolin riding on his mum’s tail, which he does for the first three months.) 🌿 At the start of the pandemic, news stated pangolins & bats caused SARS-CoV-2 (through eating them & trading at wet markets.) Humans need to dramatically re-establish their relationship with animals to prevent continued outbreaks of zoonotic diseases.

Here are eight facts about them:

1. The pangolin is prehistoric and has been around for 80 million years.

2. Despite its unlikely appearance, several species of pangolins live in trees, hanging from branches using their giant tails.

3. Pangolins can swim long distances and dig 40 metre burrows. Their habitat is highly varied, including savannah grasslands, dense woodlands, flooded, tropical and sub-tropical forest areas.

4. To feed, they use long claws to tear into insect nests before using tongues longer than their body (over 40cm long!) to lap up ants and termites. A single pangolin can eat over 20,000 ants a day, and happily get through 73,000 million insects a year!

5. The pangolin waddles, and is completely toothless and solitary. Its mechanism of defence is to roll up into a ball and wait until the danger goes away.

6. While this ball trick has proven effective against most predators for millions of years, when it comes to defending themselves from poachers it has had the opposite effect; when pangolins feel threatened, they don’t run or attack – they stop and curl up. This means guns, traps or training aren’t needed to poach a pangolin – they can be picked up.

7. More than a million pangolins have been taken from the wild since 2000, due to poaching for Asian markets. Pangolins are now the most trafficked mammal in the world.

8. As many as 100,000 pangolins are poached and shipped into China and Vietnam every year. The high price (up to US$3,000 per pangolin in China) means organisations are making a fortune by destroying pangolins in terrible ways for their scales, meat, and all body parts to fulfil the hungry demand from China and Vietnam.

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