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World Pangolin Day

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal across the world, pangolin is also commonly found in local bushmeat markets.

Today it is a day to remember and celebrate pangolins, raise awareness, and fight against global pangolin capture in Africa and Asia. Pangolin Day marks the 12th edition of the event. An estimated one million of these magnificent creatures have been and continue to be harvested from the wild in African and Asian nations to meet the enormous demand for their scale, skin, blood, and even fetuses, which are believed to have multiple purposes in fashion, traditional medicine, and cookery.

Wild Aid launched a campaign for WPD 2022, under the slogan “Say NO to pangolin meat”, the campaign aims to raise awareness of pangolins' valuable role in maintaining a healthy environment.

A curious creature looks like it's straight out of Jurassic Park. It is however no dinosaur. This is a pangolin and if more isn't done to protect it, the pangolin may well face the same fate as the dinosaurs. Unlike our understanding of most dinosaurs, these mammals are shy, defenseless and harmless yet they face a myriad of challenges: poaching, loss of habitat, and general human ignorance.

There are eight different species of pangolins, all threatened with extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has given them statuses ranging from vulnerable to the critically endangered Sunda pangolin and Philippine pangolin.

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