PANGOLIN

The world’s most trafficked mammal 

FACTS

PANGOLINS ARE AMAZING!

Pangolins are the only mammals in the world covered in scales. 

Pangolin are active and feed at night. 

They have the ability to curl up into a ball to protect themselves from large predators. This animal has no teeth, but uses a long and sticky tongue to eat ants and termites – their favorite food in the wild.

Pangolins can consume up to 200,000 ants per day!

Mother pangolins breast feed and keep their young close. Mother pangolins carry pups safely on their tails when they venture out at night to hunt for ants and termites.

2 pangolin species in Vietnam

Worldwide, there are eight pangolin species: four species in  Asia and four species in Africa. Vietnam is the habitat of two species:

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) & Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) 

SUNDA PANGOLIN

Manis javanica

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Distribution

  • in Vietnam: from Nghe An to the Southern provinces
  • in the world: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand

CHINESE PANGOLIN

Manis pentadactyla

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Claws
Ears

Distribution

  • in Vietnam: from the Northern provinces to Nghe An
  • in the world: Bangladesh, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, China and Vietnam

THREATS

Worldwide, there are eight pangolin species: four species in  Asia and four species in Africa. Vietnam is the habitat of two species: Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) and Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) – both species are listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List

THE FUTURE DOESN'T LOOK BRIGHT FOR THE PANGOLINS!

Traded pangolins are often put in bags

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world.

Every year, approximately 100.000 individual pangolins are poached from the wild to supply illegal domestic and international trade, primarily in their scales, which are used for traditional medicine, and meat, which is considered a delicacy.

Because of this, pangolins could disappear before most of the world has even heard of them.

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Pangolin scales used in Chinese traditional medicine
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Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy

WHAT SVW HAS BEEN DOING TO SAVE THE PANGOLINS

SVW is conducting a holistic approach to save this incredible creature, including:

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

ADOPT A PANGOLIN
By symbolically adopt one, you can help us take care of the rescued pangolins who could not be released and have to stay at our center due to injuries.

POLLY THE SUNDA PANGOLIN

Polly came to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife Rescue Center in August 2017. 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 wound healed, but Polly can never be returned to the wild again.

She now lives in a naturalistic enclosure, with lots of branches (she likes climbing!), a deep layer of soil to dig in and lots of hollow tree logs to snuggle up in.

 

Fresh food

Veterinary Supplies

Enclosure Maintenance

Environmental Enrichment

Certificate

A certificate of your symbolic adoption

Factsheet

A Factsheet about the species you adopt

Animal Stories Book

Stories of the animals who live at our center.

Newsletter Sign up

Our monthly newsletter to keep you updated about the well-being of the animal you helped

With only a monthly $50, your symbolic adoption supports SVW rehabilitation efforts for Polly and other rescued pangolins

Adopt Polly

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