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Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive
拯救穿山甲 需全球共同努力

A pangolin stands on its hind legs in this undated photo.

Photo courtesy of Taipei Zoo

Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile. But they are also the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, and experts have been ringing alarm bells over their survival.

More than a million pangolins are believed to have been poached from the wild in the past decade. Most are used to supply demand in China, where pangolin scales are believed to cure conditions from headaches and menstrual cramps to nose bleeding and lack of virility.

There are four species of pangolin in Africa and another four in Asia. Watchdogs say those in Asia are being eaten to extinction, while populations in Africa are declining fast.

In Taiwan, the Formosan pangolin, a subspecies native to the island, has been greatly reduced due to loss of habitat and poaching, despite being listed as a protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Act since 1990. Experts warn that, if the situation does not improve, the Formosan pangolin may become extinct in ten years.

(AFP, additional reporting by Tu Yu-an)







1. pangolin n. 穿山甲

(chuan1 shan1 jia3)

2. to ring alarm bells phr.提出警告

(ti2 chu1 jing3 gao4)

3. menstrual cramps n. phr. 經痛

(jing1 tong4)

4. subspecies n.亞種

(ya2 zhong3)

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