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World Pangolin Day

Join us in honoring the world's most trafficked mammal on World Pangolin Day! Let's raise awareness and fight for their survival.
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Join the global celebration of World Pangolin Day on February 17! This day is dedicated to honoring the pangolin, the world's most trafficked mammal, and raising awareness about their plight. The pangolin, also known as the 'scaly anteater', is an extraordinary creature with eight distinct species that can be found across Asia and Africa. First recognized in 2012, World Pangolin Day has become a global event, encouraging everyone to come together to learn about these fascinating creatures, and more importantly, the dangers they face from poaching and illegal trafficking. Be a part of this important initiative and help make a difference in the life of these incredibly unique and yet lesser-known mammals.

History of World Pangolin Day

World Pangolin Day Dates

World Pangolin Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pangolin Species Classification</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 1800s, the eight species of pangolins were identified and classified, spread across Asia and Africa.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pangolin Exploitation Warning</div><div class='timeline-text'>Early warnings of pangolin trafficking and exploitation for their scales and meat began to surface in environmental reports.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>CITES Protection</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pangolins received Appendix II protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pangolin Rescue Organization</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2011, the first organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated and surrendered pangolins was established.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Pangolin Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first World Pangolin Day was recognized, aimed at raising global awareness on pangolins and the threats they face.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>CITES Appendix I Protection</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pangolins were upgraded to receive Appendix I protection under CITES, banning all international trade of pangolins.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Pangolin Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p class='facts-text'>First and foremost, take some time to learn about pangolins and the threats they face. Spread the word about their dwindling numbers and the urgent need for conservation efforts to your family, friends, or on social media.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create pangolin-themed crafts</h3><p class='facts-text'>Create drawings, sculptures, or craft projects inspired by these unique creatures. You could make pangolin origami, draw a pangolin in its natural habitat or write a story about a pangolin's journey.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to pangolin conservation</h3><p class='facts-text'>Give directly to organizations working tirelessly to protect these precious animals from extinction. NGOs like the Pangolin Crisis Fund and Save Pangolins are great options.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Start a fundraising initiative</h3><p class='facts-text'>Create a fundraising campaign in your local community. It could be a charity run, bake sale, car wash or any other activity. Proceeds could go towards pangolin conservation.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Petition your local government</h3><p class='facts-text'>Write letters to your representatives, urging them to take more action against wildlife trafficking. Educate them about the importance of pangolins in our ecosystem and the dangers they are facing.</p></div></div>

Why World Pangolin Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>World Pangolin Day raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This special day draws attention globally to the critical situation of pangolins, which are the most trafficked mammals in the world. Increased awareness leads to better understanding, which is crucial for changes in policy and conservation strategies.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>World Pangolin Day encourages involvement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Activities on World Pangolin day like crafting, fundraising, and petitioning makes everyone feel they can contribute to the conservation efforts. These activities not only raise money but also keep the conversation going about pangolins and their plight.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>World Pangolin Day emphasizes education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Knowing about pangolins, their role in the ecosystem, and the threats they face is essential for their survival. This day provides the opportunity to educate ourselves and others about these incredible creatures, highlighting why it is so important to save them from extinction.</p></div></div>

5 Extraordinary Facts for World Pangolin Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pangolins Have No Teeth</h3><p class='facts-content'>To consume their preferred diet of ants and termites, pangolins use their long, sticky tongues which can be longer than their body length, instead of teeth to feed.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pangolins are Solitary Animals</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pangolins are primarily solitary and nocturnal animals. They spend most of their daytime resting and become active during the night when they hunt for food.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pangolins Ward Off Predators By Rolling Into a Ball</h3><p class='facts-content'>When threatened, pangolins will roll into a tight ball, protecting their more vulnerable belly side with their armor-like scales, which are made of keratin - the same substance as human nails.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pangolins Provide Pest Control</h3><p class='facts-content'>A single pangolin can consume up to 20,000 ants or termites in a day, making them a natural pest controller in their ecosystems.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pangolins Are Excellent Swimmers</h3><p class='facts-content'>In addition to being expert climbers using their strong claws and tails, pangolins are also very skilled swimmers.</p></div></div>

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