A Pangolin. Many types of Pangolin are threatened or near threatened. They are hunted and eaten in parts of Africa, and are a popular type of bush meat. They are also in great demand in China because their meat is considered a delicacy and some Chinese believe pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. Pangolin are illegally trafficked for food and folk medicine. Hunting and deforestation has led to a large decrease in the numbers of pangolins.
Pangolins, Earth’s Most Beautiful and Trafficked Creatures, Finally Get Protection
The pangolin is the only known mammal with scales. Pangolins are beautiful, precious little creatures, often likened to an artichoke with legs. According to NPR, they’re also the world’s most trafficked mammals. Luckily for these little cuties, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, has officially banned commercial trading of pangolins.
World's Cutest Anteater Increasingly Threatened by Poachers. Customs officials in Hong Kong have intercepted a shipment of more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of pangolin scales hidden in a shipment of plastic toys from South Africa. Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are a group of eight species from Africa and Asia that face extinction because of unsustainable and often illegal trade.