The San Diego Zoo is home to a tree pangolin named Baba. He lives off exhibit in the Zoo’s Children’s Zoo but makes daily appearance with his keeper to give guests an opportunity to see and learn about this amazing animal.
Humans are taking their toll on pangolin populations. People are clearing rain forest areas for their own use and hunting pangolins for meat. Pangolin skins are used for boots, and the scales are prized by some people as a way to guard against evil spirits or for rain-making ceremonies. The scales are even believed by some to have healing powers when ground into powder.