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.
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.
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!