Pangolin endangered mamal- Pangolin day today 15 February

Anita Shrestha
Posted February 15, 2020 from Nepal
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https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/the-day-of-pangolins/?fbclid=IwAR0pN0...

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world with China being the main destination. Being the member of IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group, we are closely following this link to Covid-19 and trying to determine the association of the mammal with the virus. 

I have been researching the Chinese pangolin for the past 12 years, and my fascination for this scaly mammal began 12 years ago during my university thesis. Since then, I have continuously worked in conserving the habitat and life of these small mammals. Every third Saturday of February has been declared World Pangolin Day to help spread awareness about pangolins both in the countries where they are found and where there is a demand for their meat and scales. 

This year on 9th World Pangolin Day on 15 February the Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF) cleaned the habitat of pangolins by picking up plastic litter along with the installation of information boards along the Chandragiri walking trail on the western rim of Kathmandu Valley. 

Read also: 

Protecting pangolins from being eaten to extinction, Sonia Awale

Better Nepal-China connectivity helps wildlife smugglers, Sonia Awale

Pangolins are very shy mammals, live inside the burrows and are more active in the night. There are eight species of pangolins: four in Asia and another four species in Africa. Among the four Asian pangolins; the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadatyla) and Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) are found in Nepal. 

The Chinese pangolin is listed as Critically Endangered and Indian pangolin as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN, 2019). They are also enlisted in CITES Appendix I and protected by Nepal’s National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973.

The Nepal government, university students and conservation organisations are working to protect these elusive animals. A nation-wide survey, development of monitoring guidelines and a five year (2018-2022) pangolin national conservation action plan have been undertaken.

However, detailed ecological knowledge on pangolins along with parasites and zoonotic diseases information are lacking, which means we do not really know about the threats to humans from pangolin hosts of the coronavirus. 

Due to possibility of pangolin being the host of the Covid-19 virus, the mammals have suddenly been thrust into world attention. The Chinese Government, has already banned the illegal wildlife trade, including of pangolins. 

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Tamarack Verrall
Feb 15
Feb 15

Dear Anita,
Thank you for this information about the pangolins, an animal I was not aware of. It is always heartening to learn of care being take by people to prevent extinction of animals. How ironic that the scare that these animals might be the source of Covid-19 might be what helps saves them. Thank you for your research on and care for these creatures.

Anita Shrestha
Feb 15
Feb 15

Now community forest women are saving this animals in the forest.

Jill Langhus
Feb 15
Feb 15

I'm so happy to hear this. I've heard about them a few times now. Poor things have enough to worry about with climate change. Please keep us posted on their plight and protection, dear. Thanks for all that you do!

Felicitas Wung
Feb 15
Feb 15

Thanks for sharing the information about this mammal- pangolins.

Anita Shrestha
Feb 15
Feb 15

welcome dear

Hello, Anita,

Wow. You’re one well-rounded woman! I only read about pangolins in books, but you study them. I wish to see one up close.

Yes, the Covid crisis is quite serious. I hope there are answers to endless questions. Thank you for sharing this information with us. You’re on fire!

maeann
Feb 19
Feb 19

This is so informative. Thanks Anita :) I hope we will consider to take care of the animals in our surroundings too.