Cirencester College Biology students adopt a pangolin

As part of a recent topic on conservation a year 1 Biology group have adopted a pangolin (which has been named Pablo) through WWF.

Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are the world’s most trafficked mammal and threatened by poaching for their meat and scales. There are 8 species of pangolin, 4 in Africa and 4 in Asia, ranging in classification from vulnerable to critically endangered. Some current estimates believe a pangolin is taken from the wild once every 5 minutes and that pangolins could be extinct within a decade.

Biology lecturer David Bell explained, “Pangolins are fascinating creatures with front claws strong enough to break through concrete, a tongue as long as their body and a rather comical looking walk on their hind legs! If something doesn’t change soon these amazing animals could be gone before a lot of people even know they exist.”

For more information about adopting a pangolin visit the WWF website https://support.wwf.org.uk/.  For more information about Biology at Cirencester College email student.journeyteam@cirencester.ac.uk.