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Pangolins, sometimes called scaly anteaters, are the only mammals in the world to be covered in protective scales. There are eight species in total; four in tropical Asia and four in sub-Saharan Africa. Most dig burrows in the ground, but some climb trees, living in hollows or on branches. As predators preying on ants and termites, pangolins perform an important ecological role in regulating insect populations. It has been estimated that an adult pangolin can consume more than 70 million insects annually.


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Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) climbs on to the boot of an anti-poaching guard while foraging during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) climbs on to the boot of an anti-poaching guard while foraging during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) forages during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-po...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) forages during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-po...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...
Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is weighed to monitor its condition during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This orphan was found abandoned...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is weighed to monitor its condition during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This orphan was found abandoned...
Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is weighed to monitor its condition during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This orphan was found abandoned...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is weighed to monitor its condition during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This orphan was found abandoned...
Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) hand-fed with cat milk at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was found abandoned after its mother was taken by poachers.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) hand-fed with cat milk at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was found abandoned after its mother was taken by poachers.
A young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is hand-fed with cat milk at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was found abandoned after its mother was...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is hand-fed with cat milk at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was found abandoned after its mother was...
Tail of an orphaned adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during feeding at the Rhino Revolution rehab facility in Limpopo Province South Africa, showing the scales that make pango...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Tail of an orphaned adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during feeding at the Rhino Revolution rehab facility in Limpopo Province South Africa, showing the scales that make pango...
A vet cradles a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aband...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vet cradles a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aband...
Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...
Young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) rests on the shoulder of vet and pangolin foster mother Jade Aldridge at the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) rests on the shoulder of vet and pangolin foster mother Jade Aldridge at the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa...
Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...
Vet carrying an orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) on an evening forage to teach the young animal to find ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in S...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet carrying an orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) on an evening forage to teach the young animal to find ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in S...
Vet holding a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet holding a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Vet carrying an orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) on an evening forage to teach the young animal to find ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in S...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet carrying an orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) on an evening forage to teach the young animal to find ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in S...
Researcher Francois Meyer uses radio telemetry to search for an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and res...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Researcher Francois Meyer uses radio telemetry to search for an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and res...
Researcher Francois Meyer uses radio telemetry to search for an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and res...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Researcher Francois Meyer uses radio telemetry to search for an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and res...
Researcher Francois Meyer tracking an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and rescue from poachers in Limpo...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Researcher Francois Meyer tracking an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) that had been released back into the wild following its rehabilitation and rescue from poachers in Limpo...
Anti-poaching guard walking alongside an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) while it forages for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa....  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Anti-poaching guard walking alongside an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) while it forages for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa....
Anti-poaching guard keeps watch over an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) as it reclines in the shade to cool down while foraging for ants during a managed release back into th...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Anti-poaching guard keeps watch over an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) as it reclines in the shade to cool down while foraging for ants during a managed release back into th...
Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...
Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...
Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet picking up a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found aban...
Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...
Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet cradling a young orphaned Temminck's Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This orphan was found abando...
Vet taking a rescued Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) for a walk to forage for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Thi...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Vet taking a rescued Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) for a walk to forage for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Thi...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for ants during a managed release back into the wild following its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility, Limpopo Province, South...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for ants during a managed release back into the wild following its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility, Limpopo Province, South...
Anti-poaching guard walks alongside an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) while it forages for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility, South Africa.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Anti-poaching guard walks alongside an adult Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) while it forages for ants during its rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility, South Africa.
Member of the Botswana Defence Force keeping guard while a rhino monitor from Rhino Conservation Botswana tracks an adult rhino in northern Botswana. September 2017. Highly Commended in the Natural Wo...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Member of the Botswana Defence Force keeping guard while a rhino monitor from Rhino Conservation Botswana tracks an adult rhino in northern Botswana. September 2017. Highly Commended in the Natural Wo...
Belgian Shepherd dog, young dog trained as rhino protection dog during poacher tracking training. Animals Saving Animals training facility, England. This dog will be deployed to Botswana of Rhino Cons...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Belgian Shepherd dog, young dog trained as rhino protection dog during poacher tracking training. Animals Saving Animals training facility, England. This dog will be deployed to Botswana of Rhino Cons...
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) horn held in human hand. Rhino horn is trafficked illegally to the Far East to be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to feed demand from those who see it a...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) horn held in human hand. Rhino horn is trafficked illegally to the Far East to be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to feed demand from those who see it a...
The horn of a White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). More than three rhinos are killed every day in South Africa alone for their horn which is trafficked and sold illegally at prices greater than tha...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / The horn of a White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). More than three rhinos are killed every day in South Africa alone for their horn which is trafficked and sold illegally at prices greater than tha...
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) mother and calf prepare to leave a boma - a secure enclosure - in the Okavango Delta, northern Botswana, after being translocated from South Africa as part of ef...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) mother and calf prepare to leave a boma - a secure enclosure - in the Okavango Delta, northern Botswana, after being translocated from South Africa as part of ef...
Young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in a reinforced steel boma, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, before being released into the wild in Botswana. Sept...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in a reinforced steel boma, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, before being released into the wild in Botswana. Sept...
Aerial view of a herd of wild White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) running free on Chief's Island, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Winner of the Environmental Picture Story Category of the NPPA Best in Ph...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Aerial view of a herd of wild White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) running free on Chief's Island, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Winner of the Environmental Picture Story Category of the NPPA Best in Ph...
A young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and its mother feed on grassland on Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and its mother feed on grassland on Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa.
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) orphaned calf is comforted by its foster mother - a British veterinary nurse, at the Rhino Revolution wildlife rehabilitation centre near Hoedspruit, South Afric...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) orphaned calf is comforted by its foster mother - a British veterinary nurse, at the Rhino Revolution wildlife rehabilitation centre near Hoedspruit, South Afric...
Orphaned White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) calves feed from a trough at dusk at the Rhino Revolution orphanage near Hoedspruit, South Africa. The mothers of these rhinos were killed by poachers f...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) calves feed from a trough at dusk at the Rhino Revolution orphanage near Hoedspruit, South Africa. The mothers of these rhinos were killed by poachers f...
Orphaned White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) calf is bottle fed by its veterinary foster mother at the Rhino Revolution orphanage in South Africa where young rhinos are brought for care, safety and...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) calf is bottle fed by its veterinary foster mother at the Rhino Revolution orphanage in South Africa where young rhinos are brought for care, safety and...
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) leaves a secure enclosure known as a boma in the Okavango Delta, northern Botswana, after being translocated from South Africa as part of efforts to rebuild Bots...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) leaves a secure enclosure known as a boma in the Okavango Delta, northern Botswana, after being translocated from South Africa as part of efforts to rebuild Bots...
A young Belgian Shepherd anti-poaching dog training at an Animals Saving Animals training facility in England before being deployed to Africa to protect endangered species. August 2017.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A young Belgian Shepherd anti-poaching dog training at an Animals Saving Animals training facility in England before being deployed to Africa to protect endangered species. August 2017.
Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. More pangolins are illegally trafficked than an...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. More pangolins are illegally trafficked than an...
Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. This pangolin was rescued during a sting operat...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. This pangolin was rescued during a sting operat...
Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. This pangolin was rescued during a sting operat...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Tail of an adult Temminck's Ground Pangolin(Smutsia temminckii) showing the scales that make pangolins the world's most illegally trafficked mammal. This pangolin was rescued during a sting operat...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging during a soft release from the Rhino Revolution rehabilitation facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from poachers in an anti-p...
Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) feeding on ants at a nest on an evening forage during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) feeding on ants at a nest on an evening forage during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This pangolin was saved from...