However, none of these features protect them from human beings, making it easy for people to capture them.
Statistics say that over 100,000 pangolines are caught and sold every year. What happens to them afterwards? Some are shipped to Asia, where their meat is sold for medicinal purposes or simply to get a fancy meal.
Recently, each of the 8 species of pangolines was introduced to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered animal species threatened with extinction.