Pangolin balancing on its tail

£350.00

62 x 13 x 18 cm

Confidently covered in a shield of keratin scales the Pangolin is free to roam around without having to fear.

To get the right colour for this Pangolin I use and Iron slip over Earthstone ES50, with a Manganese wash to pick out detail and a glze on the claws and eyes.

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( Ceramic Pangolin balancing on its tail – PANG-C-002 )

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Pangolin balancing on its tail

Confidently covered in a shield of keratin scales the Pangolin is free to roam around without having to fear.

 

Pangolin

 

When I made the pangolin sculptures, I was quite shocked when I realised that many people had never heard of them, or had any idea of what they were, and certainly had no knowledge of the wholesale exploitation of these amazing animals. The meat is a delicacy in Asia and the scales are used in Chinese Medicine, they have no efficacy as they are made of keratin, similar to your fingernails, so pangolins are dying by their hundreds of thousands for a superstition, along with Rhinos, for the horn, Bears, for their bile, Tigers for just about all of their body parts, Lions for their bones (because the wild tigers are now scarce) seahorses and many other animals.

China would like to be seen as a modern country, I wish they would do something to prevent the use of animal parts,(which don’t work), in their medicine.

The wildlife and natural environments of our world are becoming more and more threatened and need more and more help from those who can

 

To find out more go to www.savepangolins.org  It would be sad indeed if this animal becomes extinct without anyone knowing much about it,

 

 

Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. The scales are made from keratin — the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails

These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.

It is estimated that since 2000, more than one million pangolins have been traded illegally at the international level, which makes them the most trafficked wild mammal in the world.

The scales are used in Chinese medicine and there is a market for the meat in Africa and Asia

Pangolins curl up into a scaly ball when threatened, which defeats natural predators like lions but is no defence against human hunters. Pangolins breed slowly usually only having one baby per year

In September 2016 a total ban on the international trade in any pangolin species was passed by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. This will only help if the laws in all the relevant countries are enforced.