World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every February to raise awareness about the unique mammal whose population is reducing rapidly in Asia and Africa due to hunting and deforestation. This year it is celebrated on 16th February. Pangolins are mammals that have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin, living in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. There are eight species ranging in size from 30 to 100 cm, of which four are listed as vulnerable, two species are listed as endangered, and other two are listed as critically endangered. Pangolins are nocturnal and tend to live alone. They mostly feed on ants and termites, which they capture using their long tongues. Pangolins are eaten in many parts of Africa, and local healers use the pangolin as a source of traditional medicine. It is also demanded in China and Vietnam as its meat is considered a delicacy. Pangolins are relatively slow to reproduce, and the rate at which they are being killed for their parts is entirely unsustainable.
“We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.” – Loretta Lynch
History of World Pangolin Day
The origin of World Pangolin Day is still not known. Tough, many organizations were started to protect pangolin after world pangolin day was formed. This day must be observed for its significance in aiming to draw attention to pangolins since they are relatively unknown outside Africa and Asia. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world and are hunted mostly for their meat and scale, so World Pangolin Day can be of help to save them.
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How to Celebrate the Day
On this day, spare some time to read about pangolins and educate people about them. You can be a part of saving this threatened animal by joining organizations that support protecting pangolins. One can also host the event on pangolin to spread awareness about the animal. One can also fund an anti-poaching campaign anywhere around the world. Share your thoughts on social media about World Pangolin Day by using the hashtag #WorldPangolinDay.
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