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:
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).
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.
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:
Who can resist a cute soft toy pangolin?! Now you can make your own 🙂
Pangolins are the only mammals with scales. 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:
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!