Animals Wildlife Did You Know a Pangolin Could Climb a Tree? By Laura Moss Writer University of South Carolina Laura Moss is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing about science, nature, culture, and the environment. our editorial process Laura Moss Updated October 31, 2018 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Pangolins are known for their "scaly anteater" appearance and their love of mud, but did you know that one type of pangolin can also climb trees? Tree pangolins, which are native to Africa, seem to walk up trees more than climb them. They can easily make their way up a tree, even one without branches — they simply use their tails for balance and walk on up.