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The pangolin is a very unusual mammal. Covered with scales, it burrows through the earth looking for ants and termites. Can you solve the pangolin maze?
A pangolin’s scales are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up hair and fingernails in people. A pangolin may have as many as 1000 scales all over its body, except on parts of its face, and its belly. Their are 8 species of pangolin; they are all considered endangered by the Zoological Society of London. The largest of these species is the Giant Pangolin. It can grow about as big as a medium sized dog, and weigh up to 75 pounds.
Pangolins are tropical and sub-tropical animals that live in Africa and Asia. They are hunted for their scales, which may have some medicinal effect; and for food. Human farming and other activity is also driving their numbers down as their habitat is destroyed. Once a year, on the third Sunday in February, it is World Pangolin Day.
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