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There are seven species of pangolins in the Order Pholidota. To date there has been limited success in maintaining these animals in captivity and because of differences in size, behaviour and morphology it has been difficult to determine minimum husbandry requirements. Little is known about the biology of pangolins and there is a dearth of population information that can be used to evaluate their conservation status. This paper presents several general guidelines from some of the available published Information.