New footage released of rare pangolins in Africa

LONDON (AFP) – Researchers from a British Zoo on Wednesday released rare footage revealing the secret lives of giant pangolins, considered one of the world’s most trafficked mammals.

The footage of the creatures, captured by Chester Zoo conservationists, shows a pangolin, known as scaly anteaters for their protective armour, sitting on its powerful tail while grasping a tree with its claws.

Meanwhile in another segment observed by the remote-operated cameras, a baby clings to the back of an adult as it rummages through bushes.

Researchers hope the imagery could provide new insights into the secretive nocturnal species only found in equatorial Africa, which are being pushed to extinction by illegal hunting for its scales and meat.

“With no giant pangolins in zoos or safari parks anywhere in the world, all our conservation efforts must focus on saving them in the wild,” Chester Zoo’s Africa field programme and research lead Stuart Nixon said.

“The race is on against criminal networks that only value dead pangolins, to save this species and protect them well into the future.”