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June 05, 2020 - Phys.org

Back from extinction: a world first effort to return threatened pangolins to the wild

Back from extinction: a world first effort to return threatened pangolins to the wild
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Pangolins are one of the most illegally trafficked animals on the planet and are suspected to be linked to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Pangolins are also one of the world's most threatened species but new efforts are underway to reintroduce pangolins to parts of Africa where the animal has been extinct for decades.

The reintroduction of pangolins has not been easy. But it's vital to prevent this shy, mysterious creature from being lost forever.

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