With one cut and a few simple folds, create a mini-picture book that tells the story of a pangolin rescued and cared for until it could be released back into the wild.
Originally created for the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary in Liberia to help explain the work they do to children. Unfortunately, not every child in Liberia goes to school. Not only do they miss out on general education, they never learn about animals or nature conservation.
Click on this image to open the pdf that can be downloaded and printed:
(nb. select ‘actual size’ when printing to help when making the folds)
Follow the steps below to make your mini-picture book:
Follow the work of Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary on instagram and make a donation to support their vital work.
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Saturday 12 May 2018 is World Binturong Day. Commonly known as bearcats, binturongs aren’t bears or cats. They are are large civets from south-east Asia that smell like buttered popcorn.
World Binturong Day is organised by ABConservation – the one and only association in the world that is entirely dedicated to the study and protection of binturongs. Find out more about their website and like them on Facebook.
Colour a binturong
Click on the image below for a printable pdf:
Can you spot Pipisin Pangolin hiding in the Easter eggs? (click on the image to print out and colour).
Worm pipefish in a rockpool (collage of painted papers and card) ~ my contribution to the #200Fish project with artists illustrating 200 species of fish from the North Sea.
Hiding amongst the seaweed in the rockpools of the North Sea coast, could be this relative of the seahorse. The worm pipefish (Nerophis lumbriciformis) has a similar upturned snout to a seahorse and exhibits similar behaviour with the parental duties being undertaken by the male.
Females are larger, more colourful and more active than males. After courtship and mating, the female transfers about 150 eggs into a shallow groove on the male’s belly. The male protects the eggs until they hatch as free-swimming baby pipefish and drift away in the current. Here, the males parental responsibilities end.
As breeding is correlated with seawater temperatures below 15.5°C, these fish are likely to be susceptible to changes in ocean temperatures. Extreme site fidelity and homing behaviour has also been documented in worm pipefish so they are perhaps unlikely to respond well to change.
Worm pipefish grow to about 15cm long (illustrated lifesize, artwork size: 21.5cm x 31.5cm).
The IUCN Red List
MarLIN – The Marine Life Information Network
#200Fish is a project of Transition Town Louth
Make and send a pop-up pangolin card. The cute pangolin mom playing with her pangopup appears when you open the card.
For a pdf template and instructions, click on this image:
Use your card to help raise awareness of pangolins! Send it to a friend who might not know that pangolins even exist. Add some pangolin facts to the front and back of the card.
- Pangolins are mammals with large overlapping scales covering their bodies.
- The scales are made of keratin, just like our fingernails.
- 20% of a pangolin’s weight is comprised of scales.
- As a defense against predators, they roll up into a ball. Even lions and tigers can’t prise them open.
- A pangolin’s tongue is longer than it’s body. The tongue is sticky and they use them to catch ants and termites.
- A pangolin can eat 70 million ants per year.
- There are eight species of pangolin: four in Asia and four in Africa.
- Sadly, a pangolin is snatched from the wild every five minutes! They are the most most illegally traded wild mammals on the planet. They are poached for their meat, which is eaten as a luxury dish in parts of their range, and their scales which are used in Traditional Asian Medicine.
Find out more about pangolins and the actions being taken to help them on The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group website
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Did you know a baby pangolin is called a pangopup! Pangopups often ride on their mothers tails.
Click on the image for a pdf to print and colour:
More pangolin colouring pages:
Visit the pangolin crafts page and get creative making pangolins in card or felt.
Add a Pangolin bauble to your Christmas tree to help raise awareness of these special animals.
This bauble is has three layers: two outer decorated ones, and a third central one that helps provide the structure. All three slot into the square piece of card.
I used an old breakfast cereal box and scraps of wrapping paper for the scales.
Click on the image below to open a printable pdf, don’t forget to add an eye on each side.
Other pangolin crafts for Christmas – pop-up card and easy pangolin baubles.
Find out more about Pipisin the Pangolin.