The ninth World Pangolin Day is taking place on 15 February this year and these adorable little chaps need all the help they can get as they are rapidly heading towards extinction due to the bushmeat trade in Africa, China and Vietnam and trade in their scales for use in traditional medicine.
There are eight species of pangolin, four each in Africa and Asia. Their name comes from the Malay word pengguling which means ‘something that rolls up’ and they do, indeed, roll into a tight ball when threatened. The edges of their scales are very sharp, and their other defence mechanisms are thrashing their tails and emitting a rather pungent odour.
Some species live underground and some in trees but they all have tongues longer than their own bodies, which they use to eat ants and termites – up to 70 million ants a year per pangolin.
Baby pangolins are carried around on their mothers’ tails, clinging to her scales with their large, curved claws. Their scales are made from keratin, like fingernails. Pangolins are mostly nocturnal and are timid, solitary creatures.
It’s a stretch, I know, but the tentative link here is that a curled-up pangolin looks like the green Restore O, which symbolises strength and protection. If you’d like to find out about our excellent security track record, and how we can help with your records management, just give one of our friendly people a call on 0333 060 8909.