The endangered pangolin is the world’s most trafficked animal.
These scaly mammals are about the size of domestic house cats, but look more like armored opossum. There are three different genera of pangolins, and they make their homes in the equatorial regions of Africa and Asia. They are all covered with protective diamond-shaped scales, and their defense is to roll into a ball when threatened by predators.
The features that make them so unique are also sadly what make these creatures so sought after by hunters. Pangolin scales and meat command high prices in some cultures, where they are thought to have medicinal properties.
The future of the pangolin currently hangs in the balance, as they continue to be hunted, trafficked, and killed indirectly through deforestation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature puts all eight species of pangolin on its Red List of Threatened Species, ranging from vulnerable to critically endangered.
There’s a lot of work ahead of animal rescue workers and advocates if the pangolin is going to be preserved for the future, but there is also hope. As evidence of the success of educational outreach programs, a young boy in Thailand recently convinced his father to save this Sunda pangolin, and they entrusted it to the Zoological Society of London.
The nameless rescued pangolin has been hankering for a handle for quite some time now. ZSL and GreaterGood.org asked the public for help in naming the special creature. Thankfully, our many readers have gathered together every last ounce of creativity to offer some promising titles.
Choose your favorite name from the list below, and you can help name this perky pangolin!
GreaterGood.org and the Zoological Society of London are fighting to protect pangolins from the ravages of trafficking and deforestation. You can help make a huge difference. Click below to learn more about this important program, and how we can save more of our scaly friends!Whizzco