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Endangered giant pangolin spotted in Senegal after nearly 24 years

A rare sighting of a giant pangolin revives hopes for the species' survival in West Africa, despite threats from poaching and deforestation

By Sofia Quaglia

3 June 2024

This giant pangolin was caught on camera in Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park on 8 March 2023

Panthera/DPN

A giant pangolin has been spotted in Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park for the first time in 24 years, reviving hope that the endangered animal has survived in the country.

“Nobody suspected that the pangolin is still alive in [this park],” says at the wildlife monitoring organisation Panthera.

The giant pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) – the only one of Africa’s four pangolin species thought to…

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