Thursday,September 1, 2022

Philippine pangoline or Palawan pangoline

  • Common Name: Philippine pangolin or Palawan pangoline
  • Local Name: Balintong
  • Scientific Name: Manis culionensis

 

These mammal species are endemic and confined to the Palawan Island. Equipped with large and elongated claws, it allows them to excavate ants and termite nests for food. With peculiar and cryptic habits, Philippine pangolins are solitary, nocturnal, non-vocal and semi-arboreal Philippine pangolins are among the most heavily trafficked mammals in the world hunted for their meat, blood and scales. A study published last December 2022 based on a comprehensive research and survey conducted found that Philippine pangolins have been spotted in 17 of the 24 municipalities in Palawan.

 

Picture @John Bergel P. Doria

 

report released by wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC stated that local authorities seized nearly 7,000 of Philippine pangolins from traffickers between 2018 and 2019. Due to these alarming figures requiring actions for protection and conservation, the Philippine or Palawan pangolins are categorized as critically endangered both on the IUCN and the national red lists and protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

 

Picture @John Bergel P. Doria

 

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