Sanctuary Asia's Wild Maharashtra
SPECIAL MENTION, VEDANT THITE
Countless rare species, including this Indian pangolin, form part of the natural heritage of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. In the grassland thickets that the pangolin burrows for its meals, this solitary, scaly ant-eater digs into mounds by using its three central claws on its fore-feet. With its plated armour, insectivorous diet and secretive lifestyle, the pangolin is relatively safe from most predators, but often falls prey to the illegal wildlife trade which caters to China’s demand for its meat and body parts.