Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Sunda pangolin

Nominated by: IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Why do you love it? Pangolins are extraordinary animals. They are the world’s only truly scaly mammals and their unique behaviours include curling up into a ball when threatened, scooping up ants and termites with their improbably long, sticky tongues, and carrying their pups on their tails. What’s not to love?

What are the threats to the Sunda pangolin? The Sunda pangolin population is estimated to have declined by 80 percent in the last decade, primarily due to poaching and illicit international trade. Like other pangolins, the Sunda pangolin is literally being eaten to extinction. It is highly sought after for its meat, which is eaten as a luxury dish in the Far East, and its scales, which are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

What are you doing to save it? The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is a voluntary network of experts dedicated to securing a future for pangolins. Our members include conservation biologists, social scientists, geneticists and veterinarians, all of whom are actively involved in pangolin research and conservation. We advise the IUCN on matters relating to pangolins, and recently launched a global conservation action plan ‘Scaling Up Pangolin Conservation’ which outlines the priorities for the next ten years. These include raising awareness of the plight of pangolins, stepping up law enforcement, identifying and protecting pangolin strongholds and, most importantly, reducing demand for pangolins and their derivatives.

Find out more about pangolins and the IUCN Pangolin SG

Read the global conservation action plan for pangolins

Read the IUCN Red List assessments for the Sunda pangolin

Discover more pangolin species on Arkive




  • Ruth Crowley (February 3rd, 2016 at 8:24 pm):

    I hope other people share my admiration and vote for the wonderful Pangolian’s to help them survive.