Tuesday, February 17, 2015

World Pangolin Day: February 21st, 2015

Every third Saturday in February is celebrated is as World Pangolin Day, a day to raise awareness of these unique and curious creatures, also known as scaly anteaters, and the only mammal with scales. Unfortunately, in Laos and many parts of Southeast Asia, they are considered delicious and increasingly sold up north to satisfy Chinese demands.

I happen to find them fascinating parts of Laos' biodiversity heritage, and would hate to see them go extinct in this century, but they are increasingly rare to find. You can learn more about pangolins at http://pangolins.org/world-pangolin-day/

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