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South African hospital gives poached pangolins new lease on life

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Pangolins are among the most poached animals in the world. Their scales are made of keratin (the same matter extracted from rhino horns) and are being trafficked to Asia, where they are a prized ingredient in traditional ointments. Near Johannesburg, a hospital takes custody of pangolins seized during police operations. They are treated and rehabilitated, to be released back into the wild one day. This long-term project looks to conserve an endangered yet relatively obscure species.

Added on the 16/06/2022 15:13:35 - Copyright : AFP EN

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