The role of Pangolins in the ecosystem, important despite their relative obscurity, reminds us how critical every creature is to maintain ecological balance.
Many species have become extinct or been put on the endangered species list due to many different reasons. Some animals haven’t adapted to the changing environment and therefore have gone extinct, but many animals have gone extinct or endangered due to humans. We have interfered in nature’s natural process and caused negative outcomes for wild animals. One mammal that we need to start paying better attention to is the Pangolin.
Why is this species important to the ecosystem?
Pangolins may be small mammals but have big appetites which is great for our ecosystem, because they keep all of the pests in check. According to, Save Pangolins, “Estimates indicate that one adult pangolin can consume more than 70 million insects annually.” If we didn’t have Pangolins, Africa and Asia would be overrun with insects. Every animal has a job to do and if we keep eliminating them then who is going to do their job? Not me. Insect is an acquired taste that I don’t have..
What’s being done to protect it?
Organizations like World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC have teamed up to protect these mammals by “trying to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products.” They are also working with different governments to help stop poaching and get laws passed for crimes committed against wildlife. Another way you can help is by sharing Nikela’s blog posts about Pangolin’s and other interesting facts you will find about them if you do some research on your own! Social media is the fastest way to spread information about the Pangolin and a great way to get others involved and aware of what’s happening on this earth. Who knows, maybe you have a brilliant idea on how to help save them – share it! Or maybe you will feel compelled to the call of action!
All animals have an important role that they play on this earth and if we keep taking these animals for granted then we are in jeopardy of having an unbalanced ecosystem and for the young adults of this century… It could result in a zombie apocalypse! Just kidding… But it could result in the destruction of the planet we live on…which is much worse. We need to do our part in this world! So let’s try to be more responsible and help save the mammal that is saving us from an infestation of bugs.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer Elizabeth Howells
“What Is A Pangolin?” Save Pangolins. ©2015 Save Pangolins, 04 Jan. 2011. Web. 10 Sept. 2015. <http://savepangolins.org/what-is-a-pangolin/>.
“Pangolin.” WorldWildlife.org. © 2015 World Wildlife Fund, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015. <http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin>.