Hunted to near-extinction, pangolins may hold key to COVID-19

Phinda, South Africa — The pangolin is millions of years old, solitary, usually nocturnal and completely harmless.

But in Africa, hundreds of thousands are poached every year, almost to extinction.

"If you take rhino, elephant ivory, perlemoen, tiger bone, lion bone, combine it altogether — multiplied by a hundred — pangolins still exceed that," said conservationist Ray Jansen, chairman of the African...