There are total 8 known species of Pangolins; out of which below four are living in Asia:
- Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata)
- Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla)
- Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)
- Philippine Pangolin (Manis culionensis)
- Tree Pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis)
- Long-tailed Pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla)
- Giant Pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)
- Ground pangolin (Smutsia temmincki)
Indian Pangolins (Manis crassicaudata) can be seen in many parts of Western Ghats, India. They are commonly called as खवले मांजर in Marathi. But there has not been much of the research done on the species. For the same reason, NATURE WEB along with INHER has started working on the Pangolin Research Project to study life of the Indian Pangolins in Western Ghats, India.
Goal of our project is to study and understand the activity patterns, population dynamics, food selectivity, overall ecology of Indian Pangolin in Western Ghats and to gather further information about their behavior and survival strategies. Basic idea of collecting this data is to baseline the biological knowledge of the species and to create conservation guidelines which can be applicable across their range.