Penny Pangolin

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About Pangolins

Pangolins are the only mammals that have scales on their body. These scales are made of keratin, the same substance in your hair and nails, and they help to protect pangolins from predators.

Termites and ants are their favorite food.  With their long sticky tongues, pangolins can eat up to 200,000 of these bugs in a single night!

Pangolins are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night.

A baby pangolin is known as a pangopup.

The name pangolin comes from the Malay word “pengguling,” which means “rolling up.”

How You Can Help?

Pangolins are threatened with extinction, which means they could disappear from Earth. In some parts of the world, such as Asia, their meat is considered a luxury food, even though capturing pangolins is illegal.

In some traditional medicines, pangolin scales are believed to provide health benefits, although there is no scientific data to support this claim.

But there’s good news! Some people are working to help pangolins. Organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Network are dedicated to helping endangered animals, including pangolins. provides details about conservation, training for rangers, rescue centers, and ways to support efforts to help the pangolin population.

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