Other names: Tree pangolin
IUCN Status: Vulnerable (A4d)
Distribution: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.
Distinguishing characteristics: Certain physical characteristics separate the arboreal white-bellied pangolin and black-bellied pangolin from Africa’s ground pangolins, including smaller size, very small first forelimb claws, larger eyes, irregular arrangement of scales, the presence of tails pads used for climbing, the length of the tail which is prehensile, and the presence of hair on the lower sections of forelimbs, as opposed to scales. While both of the tree dwelling species have long tails, the white-bellied pangolin’s is notably shorter.
Reproduction: One young is born after a gestation period of approximately 150 days.
Facts: The white-bellied pangolin is the most frequently encountered pangolin in Africa.