The elusive Pangolin

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!

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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.

To read more about this amazing little creature, click here.

Or visit the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/pangolin

About Guest Farm Scheidthof

Guest Farm Scheidthof is a registered Safari/tour operation business. We have specialized over the years in driving tours, to show tourist from all around the globe, the beauty of Namibia. For more information please contact Bernd Grahl under the following email: berndgrahl@gmail.com
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