4. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world
In China and Vietnam, pangolins are highly prized by consumers for their meat and their unique scales.
While they are a potent defence against predators, their scales are useless against poachers, and all eight species in Asia and Africa are now under threat.
Over the past decade, over a million pangolins have been illegally taken from the wild to feed demand in China and Vietnam. Their meat is considered a delicacy, while their scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine as they are believed to treat a range of ailments from asthma to rheumatism and arthritis.