The Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea) is the largest species of pangolin, or "scaly anteaters"- the large, scaled nocturnal mammals belonging to the Manidae family. The giant pangolin has the largest concentrations in Uganda, Tanzania, and western Kenya. It is found mainly in the savannas, rainforests, and forests, inhabiting areas with large termite populations and available water. Giant pangolins do not inhabit high-altitude areas.
The species has large, armored scales and no hair except for the eyelashes. Giant pangolins have long snouts, a long and thick tail, large front claws, and a strong sense of smell. By using its tail for balance, giant pangolins will often walk upright as a biped!
Factors such as habitat destruction, deforestation, and bushmeat hunting have caused a significant decline in the species’ numbers.