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Some facts, figures and insights into the Temmincks Ground Pangolin…

The Temminck’s ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) is a species of pangolin found in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of four species of pangolin found in Africa, and it is named after Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck.

The Temminck’s ground pangolin is covered in hard, overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and nails. These scales act as armour, protecting the pangolin from predators. When threatened, the pangolin curls up into a tight ball, presenting its tough outer scales to any potential predator.

Pangolins are unique in that they are the only mammals with true scales, and they are the most trafficked mammals in the world. The illegal trade in pangolin scales and meat is a major threat to the survival of all pangolin species, including the Temminck’s ground pangolin.

The Temminck’s ground pangolin is primarily nocturnal, feeding on ants and termites using its long, sticky tongue to capture its prey. It has poor eyesight, but its sense of smell and hearing are well-developed.

Unfortunately, like all pangolin species, the Temminck’s ground pangolin is under threat due to habitat loss, poaching, and the illegal wildlife trade. Conservation efforts are focused on reducing demand for pangolin products, protecting their habitat, and working with local communities to raise awareness and promote conservation efforts.

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