Scaly anteaters most illegally traded mammal in world
July 29 , 2014
Scaly anteaters have become the world’s most illegally-traded mammal and are being “eaten to extinction”, conservationists have warned.
The demand for their meat in countries like China and Vietnam along with their scales in Chinese medicine has upgraded all eight species of pangolins to threatened status in the Red List of endangered animals.
The world’s only scaly mammal, pangolins use their scales as armor for protection against predators, and their tongues to catch prey.
Poachers are now training their guns on Africa, where four species of the mammal are found, reports say.