World Pangolin Day 2015

When Westminster Adult Education Service asked ZSL to provide inspiration for students on their adults’ graphics course we couldn’t think of a better muse than the pangolin. Described variously as a ‘walking pinecone’, ‘a ‘tiny dinosaur’ and ‘simply magical’, the humble pangolin has experienced a meteoric rise to fame in recent months thanks to countless dedicated fans working across the media, arts and conservation sectors. Even His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, has recently come out as a pangolin fan!

Today marks the fourth World Pangolin Day, and fans across the world are busy raising awareness of these little-known mammals. Our pangolin art arrived just in time. Here are a few of our favourites:

M. Lombardi

M. Lombardi

 

Daniel Espeut

Daniel Espeut

 

Federica Campisi

Federica Campisi

 

Abir Graoui Wacon

Abir Graoui Wacon

 

Mary O'Hara

Mary O’Hara

 

Charmaine Mainoo

Charmaine Mainoo

 

The pangolin is thought to be the most illegally trafficked mammal on the planet, with more than a million having been snatched from the wild in the last decade. Find out more about the threats to pangolins on our blog post ‘Plight of the pangolin’. You can help save pangolins by spreading the word, not buying pangolin products, reporting wildlife crime and donating to pangolin conservation.

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