When I meet people interested in Creature Conserve, I am quick to point out our logo. I continue by explaining that the pangolin is the most traded animal in the world, and that all 8 species are in big trouble. More often than not, I realize I need to say more and add, "It may have sounded like I said penguin, but I didn't. I said PANG-O-LIN, also known as the scaly anteater."
From the "Wildlife: Trading and Conservation" brochure:
There are eight species of PANGOLINS, four in Asia (Manis species, (ENDANGERED TO CRITICALLY ENDANGERED) and four in Africa (two Phataginus species and two Smutsia species, (both VULNERABLE). They are similar to anteaters with a very long tongue and no teeth; they are also similar to birds with a thick stomach wall that helps to grind up their diet of ants and termites. They are the most trafficked mammal in the world, for their meat in ceremonial dishes and their scales in traditional medicine and for jewelry.
Pangolin graphic (banner) by Christina Ward