Hungry Asia is Eating Pangolins Into Extinction

July 30, 2014 6:55 PM

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Pangolins are insect-eating mammals that resemble a cross between an armadillo and an artichoke. However, these unusual critters have recently been identified as exceptionally vulnerable and "critically endangered," largely due to a little known illegal trade that is treating Pangolin meat as a high-end delicacy.

As of this week, all eight species of pangolins across the world were labeled at least "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC), adding them to the group's Red List of Threatened Species.

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