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Pangolins, or Scaly anteaters, are native to Southern Africa and South East Asia. There are 8 species, all of which are threatened, while the 4 Asian speices are all endangered or critically endangered, according to the IUCN Red Data List. The main threat to pangolins comes from illegal hunting for their meat, prized as a delicacy in China and Vietnam, and their scales, which are used in traditional Asian medicine. The pangolin is now considered to be the world most illegally traficked mammal.
Cape pangolin or Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii)  looking for ants at night, Kalahari, South Africa  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Cape pangolin or Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) looking for ants at night, Kalahari, South Africa
Nocturnal tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) resting during the day in hollow tree. Lokoue, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Cuvette, Republic of Congo.  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Nocturnal tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) resting during the day in hollow tree. Lokoue, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Cuvette, Republic of Congo.
Nocturnal tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) with wet nose standing on tree during the day in hollow tree. Lokoue, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Cuvette, Republic of Congo.  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Nocturnal tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) with wet nose standing on tree during the day in hollow tree. Lokoue, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Cuvette, Republic of Congo.
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) portrait, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) portrait, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) walking in front of a seasonal pond in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Taken shortly after it was released back into the wild.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) walking in front of a seasonal pond in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Taken shortly after it was released back into the wild.
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, close up of scales, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, close up of scales, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) foraging for food, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) foraging for food, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) foraging for food, probably termites, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) foraging for food, probably termites, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) holding onto its mother's tail. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due...  -  Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) holding onto its mother's tail. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due...
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) tail, foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) tail, foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) unfurling itself from protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Temminck's ground pangolin, Botswana  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Temminck's ground pangolin, Botswana
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) climbing, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) climbing, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) using long tongue to drink water. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to...  -  Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) using long tongue to drink water. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to...
Temminck's ground pangolin {Manis temmincki} rolled in defensive ball Africa  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Temminck's ground pangolin {Manis temmincki} rolled in defensive ball Africa
Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) portraits. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to hunting for the Chines...  -  Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) portraits. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to hunting for the Chines...
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) furling itself into protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Long-tailed Pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla) furling itself into protective posture, Lokoue Bai. Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) curled up. Taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) curled up. Taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Park ranger releasing Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) after rescuing it from poachers. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Park ranger releasing Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) after rescuing it from poachers. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
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 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...
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.
Cape pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) female, rescued from poachers by rangers, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Cape pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) female, rescued from poachers by rangers, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Park ranger holding a Cape pangolin / Temminck's ground pangolin  (Smutsia temminckii), rescued from poachers. This picture was taken shortly before freeing the pangolin. Gorongosa National Park, Moza...  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Park ranger holding a Cape pangolin / Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), rescued from poachers. This picture was taken shortly before freeing the pangolin. Gorongosa National Park, Moza...
Park ranger holding a Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), after rescuing it from poachers. This individual was later released back into the wild. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Park ranger holding a Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), after rescuing it from poachers. This individual was later released back into the wild. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Caretaker at Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program holding Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) baby aged three months, rescued from poachers. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2014. Capt...  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Caretaker at Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program holding Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) baby aged three months, rescued from poachers. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2014. Capt...
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...
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....
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) 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...
Giant pangolin (Manis gigantea) walking along ground, Tanzania.  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Giant pangolin (Manis gigantea) walking along ground, Tanzania.
Giant ground pangolin curled up (Manis gigantea) Tanzania.  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Giant ground pangolin curled up (Manis gigantea) Tanzania.
Cape Pangolin (Manis temminckii) with radio transmitter tracking device at night, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Cape Pangolin (Manis temminckii) with radio transmitter tracking device at night, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana
Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica) portrait. Endangered species. Captive, occurs in South East Asia.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica) portrait. Endangered species. Captive, occurs in South East Asia.
Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), baby aged three months. Rescued from poachers by Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2014. Captive.  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), baby aged three months. Rescued from poachers by Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. 2014. Captive.
Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), orphaned baby in arms of research assistant. Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2015. Captive. Model released.  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), orphaned baby in arms of research assistant. Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2015. Captive. Model released.
Research assistant caring for twelve day old orphaned baby Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2014. Captive. Model released.  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Research assistant caring for twelve day old orphaned baby Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2014. Captive. Model released.
Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), orphaned baby curled up in arms of research assistant. Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2015. Captive.  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), orphaned baby curled up in arms of research assistant. Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan. 2015. Captive.
Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) in a tree at dusk, Komodo National Park, Indonesia.  -  Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) in a tree at dusk, Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
Indian pangolin {Manis crassicaudata} Bandhavgarh NP, Madhya Pradesh India  -  Francois Savigny
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Francois Savigny / Indian pangolin {Manis crassicaudata} Bandhavgarh NP, Madhya Pradesh India
Ground pangolin (Smutsia teminckii) digging into a termite mound  while feeding, whilst Trinervitermes termite soldiers flood out to defend the nest. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia teminckii) digging into a termite mound while feeding, whilst Trinervitermes termite soldiers flood out to defend the nest. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Pangolin (Manis javanica) at dusk. Komodo Island. Indonesia.  -  Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Pangolin (Manis javanica) at dusk. Komodo Island. Indonesia.
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