20 Feb 2017 Story Ecosystems and Biodiversity

We Must Raise our Voices to Save the Pangolin

Ian Somerhalder, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

What is a pangolin? You probably have no idea, and I can understand why. This small mammal is shy and only moves around at night. Hardly a zoo has been able to keep one alive. And yet it sits above the elephant and rhino as the most illegally trafficked animal in the world.

Even without that sad status, pangolins deserve more recognition simply for being quite special: with shiny scales and pointy heads, they look like miniature dinosaurs; baby pangolins ride around on their mothers’ tails; they slurp ants with foot-long tongues; and they can curl up into an armored ball that foxes any predator.

Well, any predator except for man.