A ground pangolin © David Brossard / Creative Commons 2.0

The global trafficking of Pangolins a summary of seizures and trafficking routes from 2010–2015

A ground pangolin © David Brossard / Creative Commons 2.0


Published 15 December 2017

In the wake of world’s largest ever pangolin scale seizure, new analysis exposes plethora of pangolin trafficking routes

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15th December 2017—An average of 20 tonnes of pangolins and their parts have been trafficked internationally every year with smugglers using 27 new global trade routes annually, according to new research released today by TRAFFIC and IUCN.

The global trafficking of Pangolins: Seizures and Trafficking Routes from 2010–2015

Report author(s):
Sarah Heinrich, Talia A. Wittman, Joshua V. Ross, Chris R. Shepherd, Daniel W.S. Challender, Phillip Cassey

Publication date:
December 2017


TRAFFIC thanks USAID through the Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, and Priority Setting Project (Wildlife TRAPS), University of Adelaide, and the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) for supporting the study

About Wildlife TRAPS

The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project is an initiative that is designed to secure a transformation in the level of co-operation between an international community of stakeholders who are impacted by illegal wildlife trade between Africa and Asia. The project is designed to increase understanding of the true character and scale of the response required, to set priorities, identify intervention points, and test non-traditional approaches with project partners.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world