Often called ‘scaly anteaters’, pangolins are covered in tough scales, and can roll themselves up into a ball when threatened. Unfortunately, these scales are one of the reasons why they are one of the most endangered animals in the world. Pangolin meat and scales are in high demand in some countries, making them the world’s most trafficked mammal.
Pangolins are as beneficial as they are fascinating, improving soil quality and thus plant growth while they dig. There are eight species of Pangolin, ranging from vulnerable to critically endangered. We are working closely with partners committed to the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin from Sumatra.
For Pangolins, for the next 10 years
Taronga has committed to protecting Pangolins in the wild by working in partnership with TRAFFIC to combat illegal wildlife trade through our Wildlife Witness app and by funding a Wildlife Crime Analyst in TRAFFIC’s office.