Pump It For Pangolins On World Pangolin Day!
Pangolins are incredible creatures. They are the only mammals that are completely covered in scales – which protect them from predators such as lions and tigers. When sensing danger nearby pangolins roll up into a tight ball that can’t even be pierced by the ferocious king of the jungle! Their sticky tongue is as long as their body and is the ideal tool to catch ants and termites from burrows on the ground and in trees, so there’s no need for teeth!
Photo: Ansar Khan.
About the Campaign:
There are eight separate pangolin species that occur across both Africa and Asia, which have been evolving for the past 80 million years but are now threatened by the greed of man. Though many have never even heard of pangolins, these gentle creatures could soon go extinct! It is thought that 100,000 of these unique animals are poached from the wilds of Africa and Asia and trafficked to Asian countries like China and Vietnam each year. Demand for this animal is believed to be rooted in their use as traditional medicine in these countries even though there is no scientific proof that supports this belief. Pangolin scales, like our own fingernails and hair, are made out of keratin. Additionally, pangolin meat and blood is considered a delicacy that has increased its value and therefore the demand. Currently these are the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, and could disappear within a decade!
Read More: Pangolins In Trouble.
In response to this crisis #pumpit4pangolins rallies people across the world to PUMP IT FOR PANGOLINS! To raise awareness and funds ahead of World Pangolin Day on February 21, the campaign challenges YOU to roll up like a pangolin and do 21 crunches and donate £8 (£1 pound for each pangolin species). In addition, participants are encouraged to nominate at least four of their friends to do the same via social media.All proceeds will go to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pangolin Specialist Group which leads Pangolin Conservation programmes across Africa and Asia. Power to the pangolins!