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Indian Pangolin Conservation Project

Indian Pangolin Conservation Project:

The pangolin conservation project launched to protect pangolins has succeeded at Pench Tiger Reserve and Satpura Tiger Reserve, as the mammals have started to breed there

  • Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are the only known mammals with large keratin scales covering their skin.
  • Of the eight species found worldwide (four each in Asia and Africa), two are found in India: the Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and the Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla).
  • Indian Pangolin also called the thick-tailed pangolin, is native to the Indian subcontinent.
  • They are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, despite an international ban on their trade.
  • It lives in India (south of the Himalayas), Bangladesh, Southern Nepal, Sri Lanka, and small parts of Pakistan.
  • Conservation status:
    • IUCN Red List: Endangered
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule I
    • CITES: Appendix I