World's Cutest Anteater Increasingly Threatened by Poachers. Customs officials in Hong Kong have intercepted a shipment of more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of pangolin scales hidden in a shipment of plastic toys from South Africa. Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are a group of eight species from Africa and Asia that face extinction because of unsustainable and often illegal trade.
A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".