Pangolin comes from the Malay word
penggulung, which means
one that rolls up. When it is threatened, a pangolin will curl itself into a tight ball, which is impenetrable to predators.
The pangolin has been lucky so far. While rolling up into a ball has largely served these strange, scaly, ant-and-termite-loving mammals well since they evolved roughly 80 million years ago, there is one fatal flaw in their strategy: it enables humans to carry them off to a cooking pot as easily as gathering wood for the fire.
Reliance on one strategy has made the pangolin vulnerable ... especially to human chefs. If the pangolin is to survive there needs to be a significant disruption or change in behaviours.
By disrupting thinking, the relationship between human and pangolin can shift for the benefit of everyone involved ... not least the endangered pangolin.
To learn more about the ongoing work to save these beautiful creatures please visit https://www.savepangolins.org