Pangolins are the only mammals known to have plate-like scales; when threatened, they roll up into a ball, with the scales forming an armoured exterior. The scales are made of keratin (the same protein that makes up human hair and nails), which hardens as the pangolins reach maturity.
Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammals. With high levels of hunting and poaching for the illicit trade in their meat and scales (for traditional medicines in Asia – primarily in China and Vietnam), there has been a dramatic decrease in pangolin populations over the last 15 years. Deforestation of their natural habitats is also an issue.
Help care for a wild animal and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, certificate and glossy photo. Plus, you'll also receive our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Funds from your adoption will support our work at Sangha Lodge in the Central African Republic. The lodge is working to help wildlife in need, caring for animals and supporting the community. Your adoption will also support our ongoing camapign to raise awareness of the plight of wild pangolins, plus investigations into illegal poaching and the illicit trade in pangolin by-products. You can help ensure the future of wild pangolins by adopting Pangi below.