Happy Christmas from Pipisin the Pangolin

Pipisin the Pangolin loves Christmas! Last year he made pangolin baubles to hang on your Christmas tree, this year he has his very own pop-up Christmas card.


To make your own pop-up pangolin card – click on the picture and download the pdf template. Print it out, colour it in, cut along the solid lines of the pangolin and the plants, and fold the dashed lines. Fold in half and place inside a second piece of paper or card.



Click on this picture for the template without any words:



Colour in a pangolin

There are eight species of pangolin in the world: four in Asia and four in Africa.

Asian pangolins:

  • Chinese
  • sunda
  • Indian
  • Philippine

African pangolins:

  • long-tailed or black-bellied
  • tree or white-bellied
  • cape or Temminck’s ground
  • giant ground

Pangolins feed on ants and termites. They can eat 70 million ants a year, collecting them up with their very long sticky tongues. They don’t have any teeth but, once inside the stomach, the ants and ground up with stones.


Click on the picture below to open a printable pdf:

pangolin colouring


front cover
Pipisin the Pangolin picture book

Felt pangolin

Who can resist a cute soft toy pangolin?! Now you can make your own πŸ™‚

Pangolins are the only mammals with scales. Β Their scales are made of keratin just like our nails and account for about 20% of the animals weight. Sadly, they are also one of the reasons why so many pangolins are killed. The scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction because of illegal trade.

Due to their varying sizes, different species of pangolin are likely to have different numbers of scales. Apparently sunda pangolins (from which Philippine pangolins were only recently separated) have approximately 900 scales.

Making my felt pangolin, I lost count at 120 scales. I just kept making more as I needed them but I’m glad I didn’t have to cut out 900!

Click on the picture below to open a printable pdf:

felt pangolin

NB. Unless you sew the scales on incredibly well, it’s not suitable for small children. No-one should be eating pangolin scales even it the are made with felt!

front cover
Pipisin the Pangolin picture book