Apart from being considered the most illegally traded mammal in the world, pangolins are also the only mammals wholly-covered in scales - often being mistaken for reptiles.
There are eight species of pangolins found in areas such as India, China, south-east Asia and parts of Africa. In some countries, their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional medicine and folk remedies. Like rhino horns, pangolin scales are made from keratin and worth thousands of dollars per kilo. Even though they are protected by national and international laws, there is still growing international illegal trade in pangolins.