Considering the Pangolin is one of Africa’s rarest creatures, it’s with some surprise that we had another close-up encounter at Sala’s Camp last week—the 4th sighting of a scaly anteater in the space of a year.
Most pangolins are nocturnal animals that use their well-developed sense of smell to find insects. The bulk of their diet consists of various species of ants and termites and may be supplemented by other insects, especially larvae.
David spotted the pangolin pottering through the grass and they were able to follow it for about an hour. The scaly anteater was remarkably relaxed when we found him in the middle of the day, hardly moving at all as we photographed him from various angles, before he disappeared into his burrow. Now we know where he lives, and we hope to see him even more frequently.
Wonderful images taken by our guest Wanda Carter. Written by Paul Steyn