21 Feb '15, 3pm

Happy World Pangolin Day. What are we celebrating?

The Cape pangolin, pictured here, could become increasingly imperiled if trade moves from Asia to Africa. Photo by: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust. It’s that crazy time of year again, World Pangolin Day, where we feverishly run out into the streets and join the thousands of pangolin protectors, fighting for the survival of our scaly friend. Well, no actually, hold on, what’s a pangolin? The pangolin may look like an armadillo dressed up for Halloween, but it is actually a completely distinct lineage, and could be more closely related to carnivores like wolves or bears than it is to armadillos or other pokemon-like characters. Indeed, it seems the pangolin is more like a walking artichoke than a bear. Functionally, it is natures back-hoe, digging for ants wherever it goes. It is also the only scaly mammal on planet earth. While the mighty pangolin does wal...

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