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#WorldPangolinDay 2017 Observed With a Portrait From National Geographic Photo Ark

It is estimated that more than a million pangolins have been snatched from the wild in the past decade, according to the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, an organization leading efforts to save these scaly, ant-eating mammals from poaching and illegal trade.

That might just make the pangolin the most trafficked animal in the world, and all because in some consumer markets eating its flesh is seen as a rare luxury, or its scales are used in traditional medicine. This is an illegal and immoral trade. On #WorldPangolinDay (February 18), you can help by educating yourself and spreading awareness of this situation.

A Vulnerable adult female white bellied pangolin, Phataginus tricispis, with her baby at Pangolin Conservation, Saint Augustine, Florida. Photographed for the National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore. Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. But together we can help. The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out. That’s why National Geographic, along with renowned photographer Joel Sartore, is dedicated to finding solutions to save them. Click on the Sartore photograph of the pangolins above to get more information.
A Vulnerable adult female white bellied pangolin, Phataginus tricispis, with her baby at Pangolin Conservation, Saint Augustine, Florida. Photographed for the National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore. Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. But together we can help. The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out. That’s why National Geographic, along with renowned photographer Joel Sartore, is dedicated to finding solutions to save them. Click on the Sartore photograph of the pangolins above to get more information.

More about the pangolin

IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group
Pangolin conservation (ZSL)
Save Pangolins
Pangolins (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Pangolin (WWF)
Carnivore & Pangolin Conservation Program (Vietnam)

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multi-year project to photograph all species in captivity. The pangolin is one of them. To learn more about the Photo Ark, visit natgeophotoark.org,

Follow the Photo Ark photographer Joel Sartore and the National Geographic Photo Ark on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook, and add your voice using #SaveTogether.

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

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