Central African Republic is the only country where all four African pangolins can be found. Pangolins are mammals, easily recognized by their unique body cover made of large, overlapping keratin scales. Also called "scaly anteaters" because of their preferred diet, they are shy and harmless and sadly becoming increasingly known as the most trafficked mammal in the world. Tens of thousands of pangolins are poached every year, killed for their scales for use in traditional Chinese medicine and for their meat. A pangolin´s reaction to threat is to curl up as a ball and use the sharp scales for protection. While this strategy works well against natural predators, it also makes it very easy for poachers to catch them, as they don´t run away or hide. In order to reach their prey, pangolins have a very long tongue and distinctive strong curved claws specialized for breaking into ant nests.
Length 58 cm/22.83 in
Width 12 cm/4.72 in
Height 16 cm/6.30 in
Exterior material: 100% cotton pagne
Filling: Recycled foam