We have been supporters of the Pangolin for many years, and therefore have decided to donate a percentage of the Pangolin rentals to the Tikki Hywood Foundation. The Foundation strives to bring awareness and sound conservation practice to the plight of lesser known and endangered animals globally. They aim to increase awareness of the conservation tool that is legislation and are constantly seeking ways of improving and upholding the laws that protect fauna and flora.
The Pangolin is a solitary, primarily nocturnal animal, they are easily recognized by their full armour of large, plate-like scales. A startled pangolin will cover its head with its front legs, exposing its scales to any potential predator. If touched or grabbed it will roll up completely into a ball, while the sharp scales on the tail can be used to lash out.
Pangolins are also mammals just like humans, giving birth to live offspring and feeding them milk. The Pangolin uses its powerful front claws to dig open termite mounds and uses its long sticky tong to catch ants and termites which it feeds on, although they supplement this diet with other invertebrates.
Pangolin is an endangered species and the problem we have is that this species is being poached with some believing that the scales of a pangolin can be used for medicinal purposes, however this is not the case as the scales of a Pangolin are made from Keratin, the same fibrous protein used to make fingernails and hair.
Globally all eight pangolin species are increasingly threatened with extinction, with two species listed as Critically Endangered, two as Endangered and four as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Burgeoning illegal international trade, increased local trade, habitat loss and a lack of awareness have been found to be the main threats facing pangolins at present.