Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla

Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
The Chinese Pangolin is native to southern China, northern Southeast Asia and northern South Asia.
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
It is the world's most trafficked animal and is critically endangered, the population having declined a further 80% in just the first 20 years of this millenium.
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
Pangolins are unusual for mammals in having hair covered by scales. The Chinese Pangolin is 65cm to 1 metre long (head to end of prehensile tail) and is mainly solitary and nocturnal.
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
Chinese Pangolin
Diet is termites and ants. When threatened it can whip its sharp-edged tail and release a foul odour but usually curls up into a ball protected by its hard scales. Unfortunately, this does not protect it from human poachers. It is in high demand for Chinese traditional medicine, particularly for its scales, in the mistaken belief of medicinal properties (although removed from the official list of traditional medicines).