Scientists radio-tag Indian pangolin

Scientists radio-tag Indian pangolin
  • For the first time, scientists have radio-tagged  the Indian pangolin, an endangered animal that is rarely sighted in forests.
  • The Indian pangolin, which dons a thick scaly skin, is hunted for meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Radio-tagging involves attaching a transmitter to an animal to monitor its movement.
  • Pangolins are among the most trafficked wildlife species in the world. The projected population declines range from 50% to 80% across the genus.
  • Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian and the Chinese pangolins are found in India. Both these species are listed under Schedule I Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
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