L’obiettivo della ricorrenza è diffondere la consapevolezza sui rischi che corre il pangolino e far conoscere questo buffo animale al grande pubblico.
Il pangolino sembra un piccolo formichiere ed è ricoperto da un’armatura squamosa (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Pangolins are bizarre animals native to Asia and Africa that resemble an ant eater wearing armour. They can roll up in their shell to protect themselves from predators and can eat up to 70 million ants every year.
Google dedicated its Valentine’s day doodle to pangolins. In the game, one pangolin travels around the world, learning about romantic gestures in different countries and collecting gifts for its soul mate. The game gives lots of information about pangolins, from their lifestyle to their conservation status, and allows making donations to WWF to contribute to safeguarding them.
Why these scaly animals are poached
Pangolins are poached for their scales, used in the Chinese traditional medicine (1kg can cost up to 600 dollars), and for their meat, which is considered a delicacy mostly in China.
A day dedicated to pangolins
In order to draw attention on the phenomenon and raise public awareness, the World Pangolin Day has been established. The recurrence is celebrated on the third Saturday in February and represents an occasion to reverse the trend that is bringing pangolins to extinction. They key factor is quality information, particularly in those countries that believe scales have beneficial properties.
A good way to take part in celebration is increasing knowledge about pangolins, by reading articles and watching videos. The aim is increase awareness and raising funds for the conservation of pangolin.
The first NGO that puts an intelligence network at the service of the planet. People who work in the shadows to eradicate poaching and save elephants along with other endangered species. This is the Elephant Action League, and we spoke to its founder Andrea Crosta.