Pangolins – Protectors of the environment

IN the present pandemic climate pangolins are accused as the super spreader of the Covid-19 infections. But there is another side to these mammals. These creatures, the most trafficked animal in Southeast Asia for the international wildlife trade are major contributors to the tropical eco-system. Directly or indirectly, these scaly mammals protect our forests and agricultural crops and maintain soil fertility. They help us save millions of dollars in pest management costs. Without pangolins, there will be a cascading effect to ecology and finally major impact to world climate. The Petri Dish sees the pangolin through another looking glass. Read this article to learn more about this vilified creature.

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DR MAHALETCHUMY ARUJANAN

A SINGLE pangolin is said to consume up to 70 million ants and termites a year. That’s about 191,780 insects per day! Pangolins