Pangolins – the world’s most-trafficked mammal – are at risk of extinction.
Hunted and poached for their meat and scales – in high demand for their purported medicinal properties – populations of this tiny species have dramatically decreased in the last 15 years.
There is no proof pangolin parts can cure anything, though. Worse yet, this trade can pose a health risk since pangolins often carry pathogens that can transmit to humans. Every time this mammal is trafficked, we risk a new pandemic.
But it’s not just pangolins at risk – it’s their habitat, too. As forests shrink, so do their primary food source: termites. Pangolins – and humans – depend on the forest, and forests depend on pangolins. We must scale up our efforts to save them, and their ecosystem, before it’s too late.
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