Pangolins need scales

It’s estimated that a pangolin is snatched from the wild every 5 seconds. Taken to be sold as luxury meat and, their scales sold to be used in traditional medicines.

Pangolins need their scales more than humans do. Help raise awareness of their plight: print this pangolin, give him/her scales, colour in, and, share on your social media with #WorldPangolinDay

Click on the image below for a printable pdf.

Pangolins need scales colouring page


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Pangolin species

Pipisin Pangolin is a Philippine pangolin, inspired by my visit to the Philippines. But did you know… there are eight different species of pangolin? Four in Africa and four in Asia. Pipisin has been on his travels, and finally, met all the species.

African species

Enjoying a mud bath with Temminck's pangolin
Enjoying a mud bath with Temminck’s pangolin
Eating ants with giant ground pangolin
Eating ants with giant ground pangolin
Watching rainbows with black bellied pangolin
Watching rainbows with black-bellied pangolin
Playing hide and seek with white-bellied pangolins
Playing hide and seek with white-bellied pangolins

Asian species

Looking for a Chinese pangolin
Looking for a Chinese pangolin
Reading with an Indian pangolin
Reading with an Indian pangolin
Swimming with a Sunda pangolin
Swimming with a Sunda pangolin
Pipisin, a Philippine pangolin, in the forest of Palawan
Pipisin, a Philippine pangolin, in the forest of Palawan

Pango-bakes; making pangolin cookies

Pangolin cookies

I don’t do a lot of baking but I do like making biscuits. When I made some spiced biscuits for Christmas, I couldn’t help myself, I had to try making a pangolin. I cut it out freestyle with I knife then used the handle of a teaspoon to make indentations for the scales. It worked but took ages… for one biscuit.

Freestyle pangolin biscuit

There are descriptions online of how to make your own cookie cutters using aluminium foil. I was considering this when Cathy from Marvellous Creatures posted her pangolin cookies on instagram and passed on a link to a pangolin cookie cutter! Such things do actually exist!

Armed with my new pangolin cookie cutter, I set about making cookies! …I may have got a little carried away with the quantities but I’ve got plenty to share for World Pangolin Day 🙂

Cakes the pangolin with the pangolin cookies

Pangolin cookies

I used the gingerbread recipe from the Good Housekeeping website. It’s a great recipe and really easy, there’s even a video showing what to do. I just added more ginger.

What you need:

  • 75g butter
  • 3 1/2tbsp golden syrup
  • 60g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp ground ginger

How to make gingerbread biscuits:

  1. Add butter, golden syrup and light brown sugar to a pan. Stir on a low heat until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger to a mixing bowl then stir together. Make a well in the centre and pour in the sugar and butter mixture.
  3. Stir together to form a dough (it might be easiest to use your hands).
  4. Chill for 30mins to firm up.
  5. Lay the dough between two sheets of baking parchment. Press dough lightly with a rolling pin. Give a quarter turn then repeat.
  6. Give it a final quarter turn, then start to roll backwards and forwards, giving regular quarter turns. Until dough is roughly thickness of a £1 coin.
  7. Using a biscuit cutter cut out the shapes. Bake at 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5 for 10 to 12min, until lightly golden brown.
  8. The biscuits won’t be firm but will harden when left to cool outside the oven.

Gingerbread recipe from Good Housekeeping.

Want to help pangolins – please read my blog: Ten things you can do to help pangolins 

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