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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pangolin

Pangolin close up

Did you know that today is World Pangolin Day? It’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about this unique mammal—which is not only the world’s only truly scaly mammal but also, unfortunately, its most trafficked. In honor of World Pangolin Day, here are five facts that you probably didn’t know about this interesting creature.

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Which Came First: The Elephants or the Pants?

The Elephant Pants

What came first, the elephants or the pants? The answer, of course, is "the elephants" and a love of everything revolving around elephants. After all, who can't admire the beauty, power, and intelligence of such majestic creatures?

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Fog-Basking Beetle, the Little Beetle That Could

Namib beetle in the desert

Arid parks may sound boring to some, but it’s incredibly fascinating how much plant life and wildlife is sustained despite such a harsh living environment.

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Going Tuskless

Elephant with small tusks

Decades of poaching and overhunting of large tusked elephants may be leading to generations of elephants with smaller tusks—or no tusks at all

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A Cautious Comeback for the African Wild Dog

African wild dogs

Africa’s wild dogs are a genuine anomaly among the continent’s large predators. For one thing, they’re canids—a doggy minority in a landscape dominated by large cats and hyenas. They hunt in packs like wolves but aren’t very closely related, being the only species of the genus Lycaon.

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