Saw this poor guy while on our way to work. Looked like vehicle impact. Thomson road. At least someone dragged the carcass off to the side of the road.

Hopefully it was instant death for the little fellow.

Source: OnHand Agrarian Facebook

Midnight Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass report investigation. If you didn’t know where a Pangolin’s mammaries lie—there they are.

Source: Marcus Chua Twitter

This is the same Sunda Pangolin carcass along Lornie Road reported by N. Sivasothi.

Dead Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) at Lornie Road, near Andrew Road, last Sunday. Sad. Looks ripe. NEA cleaners would’ve cleared it.

Source: N. Sivasothi Twitter

We thank Benjamin Lee and Raem Tan from NParks for notifying us of a Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass this morning in the Mandai area.

Preliminary inspection shows broken scales and bruises that indicate vehicular impact as the cause of death. The carcass has been recovered by the museum, and analysis of its stomach contents would tell us more about the diet of Pangolins as part of an existing research project.

If you see dead wildlife, do not let them die in vain, as they are valuable for science. Please alert us here.

Source: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Facebook

Today (21st February 2015) is World Pangolin Day! This is a day for pangolin enthusiasts worldwide to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals – and their plight.

Pangolins are secretive and nocturnal creatures, rarely seen by people, and not exactly the cutest of the forest’s inhabitants. But personally, I am very fond of pangolins, and hope to be able to encounter one in the wild someday.

Pangolins are secretive and nocturnal creatures, rarely seen by people, and not exactly the cutest of the forest’s inhabitants. But personally, I am very fond of pangolins, and hope to be able to encounter one in the wild someday.

The pangolin species found in the forests of Singapore is the Sunda or Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica). Here, it receives some protection from the rampant poaching and smuggling that threatens to wipe out populations of Sunda Pangolins in other parts of Southeast Asia, but they still face other challenges here. Clearing of forests and other wooded areas destroys the habitats that pangolins and other forest wildlife need, and the roads that often cut through or run alongside our forest patches have led to the deaths of many pangolins over the years. Every so often, there are reports of pangolin carcasses by the road, victims of drivers who often travel at high speeds and don’t slow down for wildlife.

This is my only sighting of a dead pangolin in a natural setting to date: a skeleton found along the tracks of the Rail Corridor in 2011, somewhere close to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. At that time, the KTM trains between Tanjong Pagar and Woodlands were still in service, and I won’t be surprised if this unfortunate pangolin had been struck and killed by a passing train.

Hopefully, with greater awareness of the fact that pangolins still survive in Singapore’s remaining forest patches, more people will be inspired to help protect these bizarre-looking creatures and the forests they live in.

Photograph by Gary S. H. Chua

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass at Upper Thomson Road

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Upper Thomson Road near Casuarina Road junction; 12 January 2010; 0130 hrs.

Observation: A fresh carcass was found lying on its left side in the middle of the road. At about 60 cm in total length, this individual appears to be a juvenile. It seemed to have sustained injuries to its hindquarters which probably caused severe internal bleeding

Remarks: The dead pangolin was most likely hit by a motor vehicle when it was crossing the road. Sunda Pangolins frequent forest, scrub and rural habitats. Although locally widespread, they are seldom seen. Pangolins suffer from habitat loss and their meat is in high demand. Due to their wandering nature and clumsy gait, they are prone to becoming roadkill when crossing highways. The Sunda Pangolin is regarded as ‘Critically Endangered’ in Singapore (Lim et al., 2008: 191).

Reference:

  • Lim, K. K. P., R. Subaraj, S. H. Yeo, N. Lim, D. Lane & B. Y. H. Lee, 2008. Mammals. In: Davison, G. W. H., P. K. L. Ng & H. C. Ho. The Singapore Red Data Book. Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore). pp. 190-207.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 285