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Scientific Name: 
Manis javanica
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Pholidota
Family: 
Manidae
Genus: 
Manis
Species: 
javanica
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Lifespan: 20 years

Size: Males – 52cm long

Females – 45cm long

Weight: Males – 7.5kg

Females – 4.2kg

Fun Facts
  • They are most active between 3am-6am
  • They have long, sticky tongues to scoop up ants
  • When threatened, they curl up into a ball
  • They are also called Scaly Anteaters
  • Their tough, protective scales have razor sharp edges.
  • Young ride on their mothers tails

Pangolin

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At Taronga:

Taronga Zoo does not have Sunda Pangolins but we work closely and support TRAFFIC that works to investigate and stop illegal wildlife trade of animals like the striking Pangolin. TRAFFIC operates a global wildlife monitoring network based in nearly 30 countries. They investigate incidence of illegal trade and work with national crime authorities to respond, as well as educate people on these important issues. Taronga has created Wildlife Witness an app to report trade and helps fund a TRAFFIC analyst to use this data to expose the criminal networks within South East Asia.

Region: 
Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2013