SAVE THE PANGOLIN

We – Lion Roar Safaris (Pty) Ltd – support Pangolin.Africa to help save the Pangolins. These mysterious little creatures can be found in our lovely Kruger National Park and many other places all over the world. Seeing a Pangolin in real life is amazing and sometimes a once in a lifetime experience. We know many Field Guides that have been working in the Kruger for decades and still have not seen a Pangolin just yet.

There are not many Pangolins left, as it is one of the most trafficked wildlife species in the world. Pangolin.Africa has dedicated themselves to help protect, save and conserve the Pangolin species.

Pangolin.Africa is a non-profit organization that uses three platforms; Publicity, Participation and Protection to help support the Pangolins. Pangolin.Africa works with partners in the tourism, conservation and corporate fields to increase education and awareness around all four African pangolin species. They also contribute towards much-needed research and implement protection and rehabilitation projects on the ground.

Pangolin.Africa plays an integral role in bringing together and supporting other individuals and organizations across Africa who are working in the pangolin conservation space.

If you want to find out more about this amazing organization, please visit their website at Pangolin.Africa

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What is a Pangolin?

Scaly, misunderstood, secretive and shy are some of the words that describe the personalities of the Pangolin. The interesting appearance of these fascinating animals is what makes it stand out from other mammals. Armed with horny, overlapping scales and equipped with sharp claws and a tongue so long, it is shocking.

It is believed that the African Pangolin has been around for over 40 million years, and has adapted itself throughout the ages to its ever-changing environment to ultimately survive.

There are eight different pangolin species in the world, with four in Africa and four in Asia.

Why are Pangolins the most trafficked animal?

Pangolins are trafficked mainly for their scales. Some people believe that the scales treat a variety of health conditions in traditional Chinese medicine, which is not at all true. Their meat is also a luxury food in Vietnam and China. Besides the above, Pangolins are also trafficked for medical and spiritual beliefs in Africa.

Coronavirus and Pangolins

It is believed that Pangolins could have spread the Coronavirus to humans. Read more about it here 

The 4 African Pangolin species

Giant Ground Pangolin – (Smutsia gigantea)

The giant ground pangolin is the largest of the four African species of Pangolins. Adult Giant Ground Pangolin can grow to 1.5m in length and can weigh up to 35kg. They are nocturnal and are predominantly found in Central and West Africa and occasionally recorded in East Africa.

Temminck’s Ground Pangolin – (Smutsia temminckii)

The Temminck’s Ground Pangolin is probably the most widespread of all the African pangolin species. It has a very small head with a long, broad tail. They can be found in Southern Africa, East Africa and as far north as South Sudan and Chad. This is the second largest species growing to around 1.2m long and 15kgs but this varies, depending on the environment that individuals inhabit with smaller animals found in semi-arid areas.

The Black-Bellied Pangolin – (Phataginus tetradactyla)

The Black-Bellied Pangolin is the smallest and lightest of the 4 African Pangolins. Some even say that it is the most beautiful of all 4. The Black-Bellied Pangolin weighs in at only 2kgs and has a long, slender tail that is longer than its body. The Black-Bellied Pangolin is arboreal, spending most of its life in the trees. It is also a diurnal (active during the day) species occupying the tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa. The scales of this species tend to be darker, ochre in colour and larger than the others with very dark borders.

The White-Bellied Pangolin – (Phataginus tricuspis)

The White-Bellied Pangolin is similar to the black-bellied in size as well as the ratio of body to tail dimensions and also spend most of its life in trees. The scales on the body are lighter in colour and greyish, with three distinct points at the tip. This species can be found in Central and West Africa. The White-bellied Pangolin is thought to be in greater numbers and is more readily encountered than the black-bellied. This might also be due to its propensity to forage on the forest floor as well as in the trees.

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