Belated World Pangolin Day! How Many Species are There?

Full disclosure: I had set up a post about orangutans, but then saw yesterday was World Pangolin Day!  I find these animals fascinating.  Never knew about them until my son started watching ‘The Wild Kratts’ when he was around 4.  I mean, I knew there were armored anteaters out there, but I didn’t know much more than that.  So, I had to make a post about the pangolin even if it’s a day late.  I mean, they’re on my list of animals to post about anyway.  I promise the orangutans will be here in 2 weeks.

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked animal in the world.  For example, in 2019 it was found that 1,000,000 pangolins were trafficked over a 10-year period.  That’s one trafficked pangolin every 3 minutes.  That’s insane.

Also, keep in mind that trafficking is the only reason they’re endangered.  They’re not suffering from a plague, losing their habitat, or being taken out by an overpopulation of predators.  Well, that last one is kind of true because humans are the predators.  Some countries believe pangolin meat is a delicacy and that their scale have medicinal properties.  While the USA doesn’t do that, we do have a demand for their skins to use for leather products.  Guess if it has scales, an American will try to make a boot, belt, and/or purse out of it.

Here’s a great site for more information:  SAVE PANGOLINS!

Now for pictures of the 8 species.  4 are found in Africa and 4 are found in Asia.  I couldn’t find population amounts, which worries me.  All pictures found in a Yahoo Image Search.

AFRICAN SPECIES: BLACK-BELLIED PANGOLIN (ALSO CALLED THE LONG-TAILED PANGOLIN)

AFRICAN SPECIES: WHITE-BELLIED PANGOLIN

AFRICAN SPECIES: GIANT GROUND PANGOLIN

AFRICAN SPECIES: TEMMINCK’S GROUND PANGOLIN

ASIAN SPECIES: INDIAN PANGOLIN

ASIAN SPECIES: PHILIPPINE PANGOLIN

ASIAN SPECIES: SUNDA PANGOLIN

ASIAN SPECIES: CHINESE PANGOLIN

There’s all 8.  Now for a cute video:

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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24 Responses to Belated World Pangolin Day! How Many Species are There?

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  2. Terrific post, Charles. You. were right, the video is cute.

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  3. Such interesting creatures.

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  4. floridaborne says:

    Thanks for a great post! I don’t remember seeing anything about pangolins in my lifetime. It is sad they are on the endangered species list because of us.

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  5. I didn’t realize pangolins were so cute. They’re very prehistoric-looking. Until a few years ago, I had never heard of a pangolin, much less that they were endangered. Glad there is more awareness now, so maybe we can keep them from going extinct.

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  6. They are looking so cute. Let us save them, wherever we can. Thanks Charles! Best wishes, Michael

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  8. Thanks for this article on the beloved pangolin! We found out about them the same way you did, through the Wild Kratts. I thought your comment that humans are the new extinction asteroid was very well put.

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