The Worlds most Trafficked wild mammal

The Worlds most Trafficked wild mammal

  • 12/18/2019
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Have you ever heard about a mammal called Pangolin?

Not a surprise, if you didnt know, they may go Extinct before many people even know they exist. This is the sad truth.

Pangolin lives in hollow trees and in burrows depending on their species. Pangolin are nocturnal , and they mainly eat ants and termites,which they capture using their long tongue. they tend to be solitary animal meeting only to mate and produce a littler of one to three offsprings , which are raised for about two years.

Another shocking truth is that there are only 8 species left on the earth - In which 4 are in Africa and 4 in Asia. All of them are threatened with exitinction . Today, 80% of the Pangolin scales seized globally are from Africa. with their numbers already decimated across Asia.

They are Eaten but their scales drive the highest price .Their scales are used from centuries in Traditional chinese medicines , Their scales are so useful that they are said to cure anything from asthama to cancer.

In reality Pangolins scales are made up of Keratin - Just like a human being's finger nails.In China even after this situation some medicines from pangolins are still legal, and its used. 

Pangolin have large protective keratin scales covering their skin, they are the known mammals with this feature . But unlike other animals like Rhino horn which have no proven medical value, yet they are used in traditional chinese medicines to help with ailments ranging from lactation to arthrities, similarly these mammals scales are also used.

Their meat is made illegal but they are still ofen on the menu. Because eating forbidden animal is often considered as a status symbol.Enforcement agencies are trying to curb the trade, But sadly time is running out for this curious little creature.

It is the sad reality that sometimes human become so selfish that he can do anything, and because of our such selfish nature many of the living creatures have become extinct.

 

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