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WORLD PANGOLIN DAY OBSERVED

WORLD PANGOLIN DAY OBSERVED

Context

Every year, World Pangolin Day is observed on the “Third Saturday of February”.

Details

  • In 2021, the annual World Pangolin Day is being celebrated on 20 Feb 2020 and marks the 10th edition of the event.
  • The day aims to raise awareness about pangolins and speed up conservation efforts. These mammal numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa.

About Pangolin

  • Pangolins are scaly anteater mammals and they have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin.
  • They are the only known mammals with this feature.
  • Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites, which they capture using their long tongues.
  • Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and the Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) are found in India.

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