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Saving the world’s most illegally traded wild #mammal https://t.co/7y93uJudwJ

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal 23 January 2016 | News story Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. SOS Grantee Carly Waterman of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), an IUCN Member brings us up to speed on pangolins and conservation actions to save them from extinction. What is a pangolin? Also known as scaly-anteaters, pangolins are the world’s only truly scaly mammals. They are adapted to feed exclusively on ants and termites, which they scoop up with their long, sticky tongues. When threatened they curl up into a tight ball, scales out. For millions of years this defence worked perfectly for the pangolin. ...

Full article: http://iucn.org/about/work/programmes/species/?22405/Savi...

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