Indian pangolin

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  • August 8, 2020
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Indian pangolin

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Conservation; Endangered Species 

In news: 

  • Telangana Forest Department has exposed the rampant poaching of pangolins in the forests of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 
  • Three to four kilograms of pangolin scales were seized, for seized from the gang, for which three to five animals might have been killed. 

Do you know? 

  • Recently, China is reported to have imposed a ban on wildlife meat and removed pangolin scales from its list of approved traditional medicine, in the context of the COVID­19 spread. 
  • Pangolins are among the world’s most trafficked mammals. 

From Prelims Point of view: 

Indian pangolin:  

  • 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 

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