The pangolin is the only mammal on the earth covered in scales. They are shy nocturnal animals; rolling into a ball to protect themselves from large predators. Pangolins don’t have any teeth, but do have an amazingly long, muscular, and sticky tongue, perfect for lapping up ants and termites. They can consume up to 20,000 ants a day! Pangolin mothers keeps their young close, carrying their pup on their tails when they venture out at night to hunt for ants and termites.
There are eight pangolin species in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa. Vietnam is home to two pangolin species, Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) and Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), both listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Polly came to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife Rescue Center in August 2017. We don’t know much about her background, she was given to us by another rescue center and had been there for a while. Looking after pangolins isn’t easy and they wanted the best life for her, so they agreed to move her to us. When Polly arrived, she was a very shy little pangolin. During our first veterinary check, we discovered that she was missing a leg! It was hard to examine her, as she was so scared of us that she kept herself tightly rolled up into a ball. Her scars healed, but Polly can never be returned to the wild again. She now lives in a naturalistic enclosure, with lots of branches (she can still carefully climb!), a deep layer of soil to dig in and lots of hollow tree logs to snuggle up in.
Adopt Polly today
When you symbolically adopt Polly for one year, you are helping to save the pangolin – the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. For 50 USD, you can support our work rescuing, rehabilitating and returning critically endangered pangolins back to safe wild habitats.
For your fifty dollars
You will receive a digital pangolin pack containing:
- adoption-certificate with a photo of Polly
- book with the stories of our education animals
- factsheet about the critically endangered pangolin
- your name listed in the monthly newsletter
You can also adopt on behalf of a friend or as a group!
If you want to adopt Polly on behalf of a friend or as a group, please fill in the name you want to have on the certificate.
When you adopt Polly, you will help to feed and care for our pangolins that are unfit for return to the wild and help us rehabilitate and return other pangolins to the wild. Your adoption last for one year.