Distribution and habitat


  • Burma
  • Thailand
  • Central & Southern Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • Sumatra
  • Java
  • Borneo and adjacent islands

(Wilson, 2005)


Pangolins inhabit a variety of environments including:

  • grasslands
  • subtropical thorn forest
  • rain forest
  • thick bush
  • barren hilly areas
  • agricultural habitats such as rubber plantations

(Lekagul, 1988)

They are mainly terrestrial but are excellent at climbing and may be found resting or feeding in trees (Nowak, 1999).

  • Feeding

    Pangolins have an excellent sense of smell which they use to locate the range of insects they feed on. Learn more about the feeding process of Manis javanica.