Pangolins: The extraordinary mammal going extinct but nobody’s noticed
Pangolins, a unique order of mammals, consisting of eight species spread across Africa, India & South-East Asia, are rapidly going extinct due to illegal poaching. The meat and scales are used for all manner of ‘delicacies’ and ‘natural medicines’ for a rising Asian middle class. The world’s only scaled mammals, this dog-sized cross between an anteater and a pine cone has sheathes of scales made of keratin covering most of it’s body. They are able to curl up into a tight ball like a hedgehog when sleeping or threatened, making the pine cone resemblance seem even more noticeable. Please click the link below to read the full story.