Malayan pangolin Skull Replica measures 3.2 inches. Malayan pangolin Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Known as Sunda Pangolin

Pangolins are sometimes mistaken as reptiles, but they are actually scaly-skinned mammals. When in danger, the pangolin can roll into a ball, exposing only the tough scales for protection.

Little is known about this elusive creature, so it’s difficult to estimate wild population sizes.

The given demand for pangolin meat and scales, and the massive seizures of pangolin scales that occurred in 2019 and 2020, the population is believed to be in decline.

They are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia and, increasingly, Africa.

As of 2016, all pangolin species are listed on CITES Appendix I, which prohibits commercial international trade of wild-caught specimens or their body parts.

China raised the protection status of all pangolin species to the highest level in 2020.

Malayan pangolin or Sunda Pangolin are in high demand in countries like China and Vietnam.

Their meat is considered a delicacy and pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine and folk remedies to treat a range of ailments from asthma to rheumatism and arthritis.

There is also demand in the Americas for their skins used to make leather products like boots, bags, and belts.

All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws but that is not stopping the massive international illegal trade in pangolins, which has increased in recent years because of growing demand.

More than 1,000,000 pangolins were trafficked over a 10-year period, with 2019 data indicating that a pangolin is poached every three minutes.