Dedicated to the preservation and shared enjoyment of one of the earth's most trafficked, and most awesome species.
Welcome to the subreddit dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of the Pangolin.
A Pangolin is a mammal comprising eight species, with four living in Asia and four in Africa.
They are heavily hunted for their scales (made from keratin) to be used in herbal remedies, and this has lead to the species being critically endangered.
You can read more about the efforts to save them on their conservation group.
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Friends of the Pangolin
I made a post last week about potential volunteer/fundraising opportunities for Pangolins. I've been thinking... wouldn't it be cool if we built a team from this Reddit page and started/ran a virtual 5k fundraiser this summer for a charity that best supports Pangolins?
There are some very intelligent people helping Pangolins already, but they simply lack the funding to implement all the projects needed to save them.
I'm sharing a 3 question SurveyMonkey in case you may be interested in discussing this further.
I recently discovered the Pangolin and absolutely fell in the love. The lack of awareness, education, and fundraising (by a longshot) is severely concerning.
What opportunities would there be to volunteer? Has anybody held small fundraisers in their community? Maybe a nationwide 5k of sorts to support a specific, qualified nonprofit helping pangolins? Would love to know your thoughts and how we can help these walking pinecones.
I'm curious about funding a trading pool, and wondering what the expected effect will be to significantly increase a pool, by say 100-200%? Will this tank the return?
So, a while ago I posted a rant about how Pangolins should get more love. I thought that since it has been a while I should make an updated version, so that's this!
My intention here is to highlight how awesome Pangolins are and again lament their lack of representation in most media the only way I know how, by making a Respect Thread that isn't allowed on that Sub! Hopefully a nice consolidated source of Pangolin feats will allow future creators to draw inspiration from this magnificent beast.
Pangolin outpaces wildlife photographer in the bush. He notes that the Pangolin moves incredibly quickly.
##Miscellaneous Other Features and Abilities
##Legendary or Mythical Accounts of Pangolins
The Sangu of Tanzania traditionally believed that pangolins fall down to earth from the sky and select a particular human, whose village then performs various rituals which ultimately involve the pangolin being sacrificed. 1 2 3
A recorded Ba-Kwiri story has a pangolin, Kulu, beating an antelope, Kawe, in a running race by posting a hundred of its friends along the route, having each one appearing fresh when the last tired – the gazelle, unable to tell them apart, tired out far sooner and was unable to prove the deception.
The Tswana had one of the most interestingly gruesome pangolin myths, believing that you must never carry a captured pangolin in a sack over your shoulder, or it will use its long tongue to suck your brain out through the ears.
Some Chinese folklore apparently holds that pangolins can travel around the world with a network of subterranean tunnels that they create, and one Chinese name for the pangolin, "the animal that digs through the mountain", reflects this story. 1 2 3
##Pangolin Characters in Modern Media
Pangolins are the best.
The only complaint I have about modern media is the distinct lack of great Pangolin representation. I hope this thread might go a tiny way towards changing that. Damn. I really want to see some more Pangolin characters. If I could write one, I would, but I'm shitty at it. So I do this instead. Sorry if this is less of a rant and more of a list of references of Pangolins doing things.
I’ve been studying pangolins since I (who am now nearing 13) was 6, and today my family and I drove, to complete a lifelong dream of mine, over 2 hours and spent the entire day going to Chicago. They did this so I could finally see one at the zoo, it wasn’t as cool as it would be in the wild, but I was quite happy that my family took their Sunday to do that!
( They also bought a membership and now I can see a Pangolin on my birthday!)