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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) walking towards termite mound 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 towards termite mound in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Taken shortly after it was released back into the wild.
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) walking towards termite mound 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 towards termite mound in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Taken shortly after it was released back into the wild.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) curling up to rest on a termite mound 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) curling up to rest on a termite mound in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Taken shortly after it was released back into the wild.
Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) rear view of body and tail covered with scales, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. - Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) rear view of body and tail covered with scales, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Cape pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging at night. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. - Luke Massey
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Luke Massey / Cape pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging at night. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Mother and baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to huntin... - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Mother and baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due to huntin...
Mother Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) with baby hiding under her. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due t... - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Mother Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) with baby hiding under her. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due t...
Mother and baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up sleeping. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due... - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Mother and baby Malayan / Javan / Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up sleeping. Mulhouse Zoo, France. Endemic to Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and other South-East Asian localities. Endangered due...
Young Sumatran boy with Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) they have caught, Sumatra. July 2016. - Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Young Sumatran boy with Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) they have caught, Sumatra. July 2016.
Hunters putting a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) into a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012. - Jabruson Motion
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Jabruson Motion / Hunters putting a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) into a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012.
Mentawai people preparing Pangolin to cook, Siberut Island,  Sumatra. July 2016. - Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Mentawai people preparing Pangolin to cook, Siberut Island, Sumatra. July 2016.
Mentawai people preparing Pangolin to cook, Siberut Island,  Sumatra. July 2016. - Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Mentawai people preparing Pangolin to cook, Siberut Island, Sumatra. July 2016.
Hunters putting a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) into a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012. - Jabruson Motion
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Jabruson Motion / Hunters putting a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) into a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012.
Hunters showing a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) curled up in a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012. - Jabruson Motion
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Jabruson Motion / Hunters showing a Tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) curled up in a sack to go to Bayanga market, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Sangha-Mbaere Prefecture, Central African Republic, May 2012.
African white bellied Tree Pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) at feet of hunters being transported to market as bushmeat for sale to Bayanga village, on edge of Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central Africa... - Jabruson
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Jabruson / African white bellied Tree Pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) at feet of hunters being transported to market as bushmeat for sale to Bayanga village, on edge of Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central Africa...
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