A scaly pangolin with small, brown eyes and a pointy nose forages for food near some greenery.


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For years, the plight of the pangolin has been a niche concern, mostly worrying conservationists. But the COVID-19 pandemic has pulled pangolins into the spotlight.

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In this Feb. 15, 2019 file photo, a pangolin looks for food on private property in Johannesburg, South Africa. In April, the Wildlife Justice Commission reported traders were stockpiling pangolin scales in several Southeast Asia countries awaiting an end to the pandemic. 


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