Did you know that World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in February? This year, the special day falls on February 16th — so be sure to mark your calendar if you haven’t already done so!
World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining, particularly in Southeast Asia. However, pangolin trafficking is also a serious problem in the rest of Asia, as well as Africa.
In 2012, an estimated 60,000 pangolins (based on seizures) were victims of the illegal wildlife trade.
The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife. There is no evidence to support claims regarding medicinal properties of pangolin scales or any other part of the pangolin.
To learn more about pangolins, check out:
- World Pangolin Day on Facebook
- Tikki Hywood Trust
- IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group
- Carnivore and Pangolin Research Program
- Education for Nature-Vietnam
- TRAFFIC Southeast Asia
- Project Pangolin
Watch an adorable baby Cape pangolin named “Champ” stick out his tongue:
Got questions about World Pangolin Day? Send an email to: info [at] pangolins [dot] org
Rhishja is the founder of Annamiticus, a nonprofit organization which provides educational information and news about wildlife crime and endangered species. She is the Editor of the blogs Annamiticus, Rhino Horn is Not Medicine, and Project Pangolin, a Producer for the upcoming documentary "The Price", author of the book "Murder, Myths & Medicine", and host of the "Behind the Schemes" podcast. When Rhishja is not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, she enjoys rocking out to live music.