Plants and Animals Endangered by Pseudoscience
Pangolins are incredible critters. Essentially armored anteaters, the reptilian-looking mammals dwell in Africa and Asia subsisting on a diet of tiny insects. Though unassuming in their behavior, pangolins are hunted for their mystical appeal. Their fantastical looks no doubt stood out to folk healers over the centuries, who believe the scales to be imbued with medicinal properties. Such unfounded beliefs are widespread in Africa and Asia. As a result, pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world, and are slaughtered by the million for their scales. All eight species are threatened with extinction.
(Image: Valerius Tygart)