Where do pangolins live? They prefer sandy soils and can be found in woodlands and savannas that are within reach of water. They are dispersed throughout Southern, Central, and East Africa.
Can you find pangolins in Africa?
Four species live in Africa: Black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla), White-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis), Giant Ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) and Temminck’s Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii).
Which countries in Africa have pangolins?
According to a study published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters in 2017, between 500,000 and 2.7 million pangolins are captured each year in 14 African countries, including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
How are pangolins killed?
Their armor-plated scales can cut and inflict serious wounds on a lion, leopard, or hyena — but are no match for a weapon-wielding human. Poachers simply pick pangolins up and drop them into a bag. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world — poachers kill as many as 2.7 million African pangolins every year.
Are pangolins in Nigeria?
Nigeria is home to three (White-Bellied Pangolin: Phataginus tricuspis; Black-Bellied Pangolin: Phataginus tetradactyla; and Giant Ground Pangolin: Smutsia gigantea) of the four pangolin species inhabited Afro-tropical forest of the Sub Saharan Africa which are exploited for game (or bushmeat), and ethnomedicinal uses …