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A Temminck’s pangolin learns to forage again, near Harare, Zimbabwe, after being rescued from traffickers.
Pangolins are scaly-skinned mammals, and while sometimes mistaken for reptiles, they are more closely related to dogs and bears than anteaters or armadillos. They range through Asia and parts of Africa. Pangolin scales are highly prized in some Asian countries for traditional medicine, and the meat is considered a delicacy. At least one million pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last ten years. All eight pangolin species are protected, and two are critically endangered.