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Pangolins: The Most Trafficked Mammal You've Never Heard Of (video)


This video introduces the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, and the threats it faces from poaching and habitat loss. It also explains why pangolins are important for the ecosystem and what can be done to save them from extinction.


  • [00:00:00] The pangolin’s appearance and behavior
    • A scaly mammal that can curl up into a ball
    • Varies in size from a house cat to a medium-sized dog
    • Eats termites that might harm crops and buildings
  • [00:00:48] The pangolin’s status and threats
    • At risk of extinction due to poaching and habitat loss
    • Hunted for scales, fetuses, and meat in Asia and Africa
    • Part of worldwide criminal networks that endanger other wildlife
  • [00:02:24] The pangolin’s conservation efforts
    • Banned from commercial trade by CITES in 2016
    • Rescued and returned to the wild by some organizations
    • Needs more law enforcement and demand reduction to survive

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