The humble nocturnal Pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world, primarily to satisfy demand in Vietnam, Thailand and China for their meat and scales. They are pumped full of food totally inappropriate to their digestive system to bulk up their weight. Several intrinsic factors make Pangolins vulnerable to overexploitation; Pangolin species are relatively easy to hunt and, from the little we know of their biology, have low reproductive rates, giving birth to just one young a year. There are no successful conservation breeding programmes, despite a growth in the concept of Pangolin farming for the species and their specialised diets of ants and termites make them incredibly difficult to keep in captivity, let alone breed
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