TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SUSAN NJANJI
Zimbabwe game reserve guide Matius Mhambe holds "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare, on September 22, 2016.
They are ordinarily reclusive and often don't make the headlines, but pangolins are the world's most heavily trafficked mammal and conservationists want their protection scaled up. Demand for pangolin meat and body parts is fuelling a bloodbath and driving the secretive scaly ant-eating mammals to near extinction. / AFP / Jekesai Njikizana (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images)