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Pangolin Men of Zimbabwe

In collaboration with the Tikki Hywood Foundation, wildlife photographer Adrian Steirn documented the "Pangolin Men," a group of remarkable men who are dedicated to protect the pangolin, which happens to be the world's most trafficked animal.

The pangolin is the only mammal that has scales - unfortunately, that unusual feature caused them to be illegally hunted and killed.

Steirn's work helped spotlight the plight of the animals, and how a dedicated group of people are working to protect and to rehabilitate rescued pangolins.

View more of Steirn's amazing photos over at his Instagram and website.

(Photos: Adrian Steirn)

As shown in the clip above, each of the Pangolin Men is assigned an individual pangolin. They walk and rehabilitate them so the pangolins can learn to forage naturally. "Everyday with my friends we protect the animals," one of the men said, "we walk them, we feed them, we protect them like our children."

Watch the rest of story of the Pangolin Men in this video clip by Barcroft Animals.

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