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15 endangered species that are still on the menu

Aug. 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
Pangolin

Photo: savepangolins.org

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Pangolin

Found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia, these cute but scaly creatures are most threatened in China, where they are considered a delicacy and are occasionally consumed for unfounded medicinal reasons. There's even a dish in Indonesia called "pangolin fetus soup," which locals believe can increase a man's virility. Pangolins are also under threat of extreme habitat loss, as forests are rapidly cleared to make room for agriculture and development.