Africa | Bwami hat for Ngandu or Yananio Level.  Lega people of DR Congo (Maniema or Sud-Kivu Province) | Plant fiber, mollusk shells, cowrie shells, buttons, pangolin scales, and pangolin tail | ca. late 19th to early 20th century

Africa | Bwami hat for Ngandu or Yananio Level. Lega people of DR Congo (Maniema or Sud-Kivu Province) | Plant fiber, mollusk shells, cowrie shells, buttons, pangolin scales, and pangolin tail | ca. late 19th to early 20th century

Up close pangolin scales.  They're made of chitin, like fingernails.  Pangolins have their own order and genus.

Up close pangolin scales. They're made of chitin, like fingernails. Pangolins have their own order and genus.

Pangolin Scale Shield gold cufflinks

Pangolin Scale Shield gold cufflinks

Chinese authorities declared the biggest seizure of pangolin scales, translating to 30,000 that were slaughtered.

China just seized the biggest haul of the world's most trafficked mammal

Chinese authorities declared the biggest seizure of pangolin scales, translating to 30,000 that were slaughtered.

Coat of Pangolin scales - Pangolin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

armoured vest of lacquered and gilded pangolin scales. I love the pangolin and think their scales should stay firmly on their bodies, but this armour presented to George III in 1820 is still amazing (they obviously didn't know how fat he was!

pangolin scales

pangolin scales

Pangolin scales

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Pangolin scales

The biggest-ever pangolin scale seizure in China: Shanghai Custom Finds 3 tons of pangolin scales

The biggest-ever pangolin scale seizure in China: Shanghai Custom Finds 3 tons of pangolin scales

A Pangolin. Many types of Pangolin are threatened or near threatened. They are hunted and eaten in parts of Africa, and are a popular type of bush meat. They are also in great demand in China because their meat is considered a delicacy and some Chinese believe pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. Pangolin are illegally trafficked for food and folk medicine.   Hunting and deforestation has led to a large decrease in the numbers of pangolins.

On the illegal pangolin trade (they're used for meat and traditional Chinese "medicine")

Patrick Mavros Pangolin Scale cuff in silver and gold

Patrick Mavros Pangolin Scale cuff in silver and gold

Alex Hofford/WildAid News: Recent Spike in Large Seizures of Ivory, Rhino Horn, Pangolin Scales

Alex Hofford/WildAid News: Recent Spike in Large Seizures of Ivory, Rhino Horn, Pangolin Scales

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