Pangolin. Photo by Georg Steinmetz. Not a mobile pineapple, the pangolins are scaly mammals from Southeast Asia. They are toothless, have poor eyesight, eat insects, and their sole defense is emitting a bad odor while curling into a ball. The Pangolin is endangered due to use in traditional Chinese medicine. The animals are 30-40 pounds each and in just one year government agents confiscated 220,000 pounds of pangolin parts being exported.
SRI LANKA: Don’t Ride Elephants – Bath them instead! Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe is supported by the Born Free Foundation, & managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka (5km west of Uda Walawe National Park). This park rehabs injured & orphaned elephants, and then releases them back to the wild. Riding elephants requires a brutal "breaking" process, which must not be rewarded. Riding them also leads to spine injuries, and occasional death to the rider!