This is the African Pangolin (still alive today). Its front claws are too big to walk on and are used primarily for digging for insects. It looks like a dinosaur!!

This is the African Pangolin (still alive today). Its front claws are too big to walk on and are used primarily for digging for insects. It looks like a dinosaur!!

Ground-dwelling pangolins walk with a shuffle on their large hind legs. They use their tails and shorter front legs for balance. They live in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and are one of the most endangered species because of poaching.

Shy Pangolin | ©Gary Parker  Common names: Cape pangolin, Scaly anteater, South African pangolin, Temminck’s ground pangolin, Pangolin De Te...

Shy Pangolin | ©Gary Parker Common names: Cape pangolin, Scaly anteater, South African pangolin, Temminck’s ground pangolin, Pangolin De Te...

The African pangolin is being smuggled throughout Africa and Asia and used for medicinal purposes. This animal is already endangered in Asia and may very well become endangered in Africa if this illegal trade is not brought to an end. Sign the petition to demand that one African nation ban the hunting of this animal.

The African pangolin is being smuggled throughout Africa and Asia and used for medicinal purposes. This animal is already endangered in Asia and may very well become endangered in Africa if this illegal trade is not brought to an end. Sign the petition to demand that one African nation ban the hunting of this animal.

Chinese officials recently made the largest pangolin parts bust in the country’s history, seizing 3.1 tons of pangolin scales—estimated to represent 5,000 to 7,500 individual animals.

Officials Seize 3.1 Tons of Pangolin Scales

Chinese officials recently made the largest pangolin parts bust in the country’s history, seizing 3.1 tons of pangolin scales—estimated to represent 5,000 to 7,500 individual animals.

35 Weird Animals You Need to See. ~African Pangolin~

35 Weird Animals You Need to See

Baby Pangolin---Pangolins are scaly anteaters who like curling up into balls, eating ants and termites, and -- when they're babies -- riding around on their mom's tail.

Baby Pangolin

Baby Pangolin---Pangolins are scaly anteaters who like curling up into balls, eating ants and termites, and -- when they're babies -- riding around on their mom's tail.

The African Pangolin Working Group will be formally launched on 19 February 2015. Photo via pangolin.org.za

Official Launch of African Pangolin Working Group

The African Pangolin Working Group will be formally launched on 19 February 2015. Photo via pangolin.org.za

Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction » Focusing on Wildlife

Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction » Focusing on Wildlife

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!

Pangolin

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!

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