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Newquay Zoo spreads word about endangered pangolins

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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Rare pangolin under threat

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Newquay Zoo is spreading the word about a rare mammal that faces extinction in its home country of Vietnam.

Zoo keepers are raising awareness of World Pangolin Day this Saturday to share the plight of the nocturnal animal, also known as the scaly anteater.

Pangolins are threatened by trade throughout South East Asia, and are classified as endangered as their species has declined by 50 per cent over the past fifteen years.

Newquay Zoo Director, Stewart Muir helped set up the pangolin and small carnivore conservation programme based at the Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam.

He said: “As well helping to set up the programme, Newquay Zoo continues to support the conservation centre, which last year released four pangolins back to wild. All four animals are being radio tracked and are doing extremely well.”

For more information about pangolins, visit www.pangolinsg.org/get-involved, or join the World Pangolin Day Facebook group https://en-gb.facebook.com/WorldPangolinDay

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