Pangolins are so rare and elusive that science is still uncovering facts about them – and yet these animals are being poached by their thousands. Join us for a talk by Prof. Ray Jansen to learn more about these fascinating animals and what can be done to protect them.
As a member of the African Pangolin Working Group, Prof. Jansen has been campaigning for the conservation and protection of all four African pangolin species. In his talk he will share insights into the lives of these intriguing animals and their unique adaptations, as well as the threats they face in South Africa and abroad.
Date: Thursday 20 July 2017
Venue: Cape Union Mart Centurion Mall
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
The event is free but seats are limited so please RSVP timeously to secure your place. There will be complimentary refreshments and Wild Card members enjoy 10% discount on shopping at the store.
Five astonishing facts about the pangolin
- African pangolins feed only on ants and termites, they don’t eat other insects. They lick these up with their long, sticky tongue.
- Pangolins don’t have any teeth, but they make up for it with a remarkable tongue. At 25-40cm, a pangolin’s tongue is almost as long as its body!
- They walk on their hindlegs, much like humans. In fact, their front feet don’t often touch the ground.
- The pangolin holds the unfortunate distinction of being the most poached animal in the world.
- It’s the only mammal covered in scales. These triangular plates are made of keratin (fused hair) and overlap to cover the animal’s neck, body and tail. The pangolin’s belly is unprotected.