Pangolin rescued from Ranthambore leaves forest officials antsy

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Pangolin rescued from Ranthambore leaves forest officials antsy

  • After its rescue from the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, pangolin is giving a tough time to the forest officials in the Nahargarh Biological Park near Jaipur in captivity.
  • They are finding it extremely difficult to feed the animal, have made a global call for suggestions from experts in Africa, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, where pangolins live and have been recorded born in captivity.

Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata)

  • It is also called scaly anteater
  • Indian pangolin, also called thick-tailed pangolin, is one of the eight pangolin species found across the world.
  • Characteristics: Indian Pangolins have overlapping scales that act as armour for its body.
  • It is native to the Indian subcontinent.
  • It is mainly found in rainforests and in the hills of India and parts of Sri Lanka.
  • It is also found in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.
  • It inhabits grasslands and secondary forests and can also survive in dry and desert regions.
  • In the wild, it survive on ants, termites and other invertebrates, such as larvae, flies, worms, earthworms and crickets
  • Threats: it is threatened by hunting for its meat and various body parts, which are used in traditional medicines.

Conservation status

  • CITES: listed under Appendix I
  • IUCN Red List: ‘Endangered’
  • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: protected under Schedule I

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Prelims Takeaway

  • IUCN
  • WPA
  • Indian and Chinese Pangolin