I have a huge passion for animals, especially ones endangered solely by humans and their actions. Pangolins are a mammal from Africa and The Middle East, also known as a "scaly anteater," and require our help more than ever. They are so special that they can roll up into a scaly ball and make it so no animal can harm them whatsoever. Well, almost no animal. Humans and their technology can easily penetrate a pangolin's little shell, and pangolins are actually the world’s most poached animal, yet are completely overshadowed by the elephants and their ivory. When I talk about pangolins, most people will say, “don’t you mean penguin?” Here are some fun facts about Pangolins:
- They are Pest Controllers and Soil Caretakers. As a burrowing mammal, their burrows will destroy harmful termite mounds, and when abandoned, the burrows serve as protection to animals in need of a little hole to hide or rest in.
- There are only eight species of Pangolins, scattered all over North Africa and Asia.
- Pangolins are in highest demand in China, where they are used in Chinese medicine, fashion, and sometimes eaten. Almost 2.7 million Pangolins are killed illegally each year.
- The price of Pangolin scales has gone up from $14 to $600 per kilogram in the last 25 years.
- While it’s impossible to know how many pangolins really still exist, we do know their numbers are depleting, and fast. The population is going down at a rapid rate, and they have almost vanished in China, Vietnam, and other places in Asia.
Please join me in this fight for the Pangolins. You heard me, Pangolin, not Penguin. And more people need to hear. Raise your voice for a mammal that has none.