PANGOLINS!

 

There is only one place in the world where I could go to see pangolins up close: 


Cuc Phuong National Park.


Scroll down the page past the pictures of pangolins, and you will see pictures from my trip and short video clips!

At the main entrance to Cuc Phuong National Park:

You can visit Cuc Phuong’s website HERE!http://www.cucphuongtourism.com/
What in the world is a  PANGOLIN ? ? ?

Pangolins are amazing animals !  They are very rare, although they used to be common in Southeast Asia, parts of India, Africa and China.  Sadly, they are endangered...and if we can’t figure out a way to save them, they may become extinct.

OK, just what is special about pangolins?

Pangolins have no teeth! 

Pangolins eat mostly ants and grubs.

Pangolins have fuzzy, scruffy tummies, a bit like dogs.

Pangolins have a very strong sense of smell, and their noses quiver or wiggle when they sniff.

Pangolins protect themselves by rolling tight into a ball so they are completely covered with their scales. 

Pangolins can sometimes spray like a skunk.

Pangolins are the only known mammal to possess scales.  It is said that this armor of scales can deflect a bullet from a .303 rifle fired from 100 meters!

Pangolins have one baby at a time.  Baby pangolins ride on mommy pangolins’ tails!

Pangolins have incredibly long tongues (up to 16 inches!) that are attached to their pelvises!

Pangolins usually walk on their hind legs.

Some pangolins can live in trees.

Pangolins are NOT anteaters, but have their own genus, Philodota. The family is Manidae.



Pangolins are endangered because they are killed for food and - in particular - their scales, which are considered to have magical properties by some people.  Perhaps hundreds of thousands of pangolins are smuggled illegally into China every year.

Pangolins become depressed in captivity and usually die.  There are only two places in the world where pangolins are successfully kept in captivity: one of these is in China, the other is Cuc Phuong National Park in northern Vietnam.  Much research is going on at Cuc Phuong to save this creature from extinction.

There is another fantastic resource to learn about pangolins.  The SavePangolins.org website has lots of information for kids, as well as some coloring pages and videos.

Visit SavePangolins.org here.

Visit the Cuc Phuong National Park website here.

pronounced:  pan/go/lin

This is  YouTube video of an African Pangolin.  I did my book about a Sunda Pangolin.

Another video about African pangolins.

Lucky coming out of his burrow.

More pangolin footage.

Lucky goes back into his burrow!

On the road to Cuc Phuong’s endangered primates.

A little lizard!

Little videos from Cuc Phuong, narrated by me or my elder daughter:

We are here!

The biggest spider ever...

And these videos are at night...we’re waiting for the pangolins to come out of their burrows....

(Click the blue to hear the word!)