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Judging by their looks and behavior, it's easy to confuse pangolins with armadillos and anteaters. They do eat ants and often referred to as "scaly anteaters". However, their proper Pangolin name originates from the word pengguling which means to "roll up" (they roll up into a tight ball when threatened).

Ground Pangolin or Cape Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii or Manis temminckii)

Tree Pangolin (Manis tricuspis)

A pangolin, also scaly anteater or tenggiling, is a mammal of the order Pholidota. Pangolins have large keratin scales covering their skin and are the only mammals with this adaptation. They are found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia.

To protect itself, pangolins can roll up into a near-perfect ball, covering their faces and undersides, which aren't as tough as their keratin scales.

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Happy Pangolin Day - Rhino Africa Blog

In honour of Pangolin Day, we're taking a look at this rare and endangered animal. Have you managed to spot one yet?

Pangolin b y Mrco Tonoli

Contrary to appearance this is not a misshaped fir cone but is rather a curled up Pangolin(not sure which species) photographed at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa