- scientists have radio-tagged the Indian pangolin, an endangered animal
- Tagging the animal will help understand the habits of the reclusive, nocturnal animal
- Radio-tagging is part of a joint project by the forest department and non-profit organisation, the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT).
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Ninth ‘World Pangolin Day’ on 15th February, 2020.
- Celebrated in February every year to raise awareness of pangolins and bring together stakeholders to help protect these species from extinction.
From Prelims Point of view:
- Has thick scaly skin
- Hunted for meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Pangolins are among the most trafficked wildlife species in the world.
- Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian and the Chinese pangolins are found in India.
- Both these species are listed under Schdule I Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
IUCN Red List
- Indian Pangolin: Endangered
- Chinese Pangolin: Critically Endangered