For 28 years no pangolin, also referred as “scaly anteater”, has been seen on Farm Scheidthof. This find is therefore somewhat of a small sensation!
Pangolin’s are nocturnal and highly secretive animals, which make them hard to study. They normally stay in their burrows during the day. The pangolin vary in size from 1.6 to 33kg and feed mainly on ants, termites, earthworms, larvae and crickets. They can consume up to 70 million insects annually.
Four different species pangolin can be found in Africa:
Cape or Temminck’s ground pangolin (Manis temminckii)
Tree or African white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) – Near Threatened
Giant ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) – Near Threatened
Long-tailed or black-bellied pangolin (Uromanis tetradactyla)
Due to poaching and illegal wildlife trade these incredible creatures have become one of the most endangered mammal groups in the world.
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