13 February 2019 Blogs

World Pangolin Day

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This weekend is the 8th annual World Pangolin Day. It takes place on February 16th this year. Pangolins are mammals that have thick scales on most of their bodies. They use their long tongues to eat their favorite meal of ants and termites. Pangolins live in parts of Africa and Asia. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, pangolin populations are decreasing in the wild and all eight species are listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable. This is because they are one of the most illegally traded mammals in the world. To get to know the pangolin, check out our Animal Fact in SIRS Discoverer. Also, here is a list of helpful websites: World Pangolin Day Pangolin Facts, WWF Pangolin, African Wildlife Foundation What Is a Pangolin?