The pangolin genus (scientific name: Manis) is a genus of the pangolinidae family of Lepidoptera, with a total of 4 species. Terrestrial mammals. The body is narrow and long, the limbs are short, the tail is flat and long, the back is slightly raised, and the surface is covered with horny scales. The skull is tubular, with long kiss tips, teethless and well-developed tongue. Long claws, especially the toes in the forefoot, are used to dig ant caves.
Nocturnal. Distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. For example, Manis pentadactyla, a Chinese pangolin, lives in a hillside cave, and goes out for food in the evening, feeding on termites and ants, including ant larvae and eggs. The appetite is very large, and an adult pangolin’s full stomach contains 500 grams of termites. You can also go up the tree to search for termites. When you climb the tree, use a sharp claw to hook the trunk, and then use a strong tail to hold or roll the trunk. In late summer and early autumn, when they estrus and mating, they enter the cave for pregnancy, childbirth and nurture. In the early spring of next year, the cub is carried out of the hole by the mother animal. Sometimes it can be seen that the mother animal carries the cub on its back. Interesting scene on the mother’s back.
Pangolins live in subtropical deciduous forests. They often hide in caves during the day and are blocked with soil. In the evenings, they often go out to feed, day and night, and curl up into a ball when they meet the enemy. Pangolins are scarce in the wild, and private hunting and eating are prohibited in China.
The cost of artificially cultivated pangolins is much higher than that of giant pandas.
“The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) East Asia Wildlife Trade Research Committee China Project Leader Professor Xu Hongfa said in an interview with the Beijing Science and Technology News”, “In recent years, some of the tons of pangolin cases investigated and dealt with by China are basically It was smuggled from Southeast Asia, and this large-scale smuggling has also brought extinction to many pangolins in Southeast Asia. It has basically become extinct in many areas. In the forests of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, pangolins are scarcely left. .
Although pangolins are protected by law in Asia, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora also prohibited any international trade in pangolins in 2002. However, stimulated by huge market demand and economic benefits, these legal provisions did not play a sufficiently effective role.
So it makes sense to say that pangolins are more precious animals than pandas.