My favorite animal group, Pangolins, are also unfortunately one of the most threatened with extinction. So for this Endangered Species Day let's take a look at how incredibly unique these armoured ant-eaters are!
First and foremost, check out those scales! Even lions and tigers have difficulty getting through that armor. This superb protection scheme made of keratin is unique amongst mammals. If that weren't enough, they even have a foul-smelling gland at the base of their tail, kind of like that of a skunk's. And from personal experience, these guys like sharing their ticks 😲
What else makes Pangolins so intriguing? Well they also have no teeth so they have to swallow small stones to help breakup their tough ant and termite prey, much like a bird does. And their tongue can be an outstanding 40cm long!
Plainly put, I love Pangolins, which is why I dedicate much of my time and effort to their conservation. Press coverage has increased lately concerning their plight, but the battle for their survival is still raging. If you'd like to lend a hand to help quell the habitat destruction and rampant poaching that is decimating their populations world-wide, head over to our website www.conservationalliance.org to find out how you can help!
Also feel free to check out my latest research publication on their distribution and status in Bangladesh for the @creativeconservationalliance http://bit.ly/2qyWgs8