Meet the Charming & Endangered Pangolin
Thu, Aug 11, 2022
LIVE at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM PT
Like tiny, scuttling knights covered in chain mail, the nocturnal pangolin—the world’s only scaled mammal—is also known as the scaly anteater. While they share characteristics with the Xenarthrans (anteaters, armadillos and sloths), pangolins are actually more closely related to the cats, dogs and bears of the order Carnivora. Expedition Leader Arpita Dutta sheds light on these unique armored creatures, which sadly are the most trafficked animal in the world, coveted in parts of Asia for their meat and an erroneous belief that their scales have medicinal properties. Learn how their armor (tough, overlapping keratin scales) protects the armadillo from wild predators but not from poachers. Discover eight species of pangolins from Africa and Asia with varying characteristics and behaviors, all of which live in burrows they dig themselves. For instance, a Chinese pangolin can dig a burrow up to 8feet deep, while the African ground pangolin prefers to occupy vacated burrows of warthogs and aardvarks. Come away understanding what makes pangolins so special, from their parenting styles to the wide distribution of their habitats around the world. Arpita will touch on her involvement with rescuing and rehabilitating one pangolin species, as well as what WWF is doing to support armadillo conservation and how concerned pangolin fans can help.