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An Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata © Rajesh Kumar Mohapatra

Pangolins Working to save the world's most trafficked mammal

An Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata © Rajesh Kumar Mohapatra

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on the road to extinction in the wild

Made to endure astounding levels of poaching and illegal trade, pangolins are another wildlife victim of insatiable consumer demand from various Asian nations. 

There are eight species of pangolin, split evenly between Africa and Asia. They are shy, elusive and secretive mammals whose bodies are covered in hard, keratin scales. Recent years have seen an increase in the levels of national and international attention they are afforded but, given the legality of the pangolin market in China, reducing ingrained consumer demand is an ongoing conservation challenge. The vast majority of pangolins consumed in Asia are poached from Africa and all eight species are listed in Appendix I of CITES, prohibiting international trade.

1 million 

pangolins have been poached in the last decade

20 tonnes

of pangolins and their parts are trafficked internationally every year

159

different smuggling routes were used by pangolin traffickers between 2010 to 2015

China

and Viet Nam are the two primary consumer markets for pangolins

1,000,000

pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last decade

Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Director – Southeast Asia

The volume of pangolins scales being trafficked is astounding. Urgent legislative action is needed to deter traffickers from this devastating trade

Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Director – Southeast Asia

poached indiscriminately

an overview of pangolin poaching

related reports to PANGOLINS

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Wildlife TRAPS
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Our USAID-funded Wildlife, Trafficking, Response, Assessment, and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) helps protect African elephants through the provision of training, tools and forensics support to enforcement agencies, trade monitoring and analysis, and policy advice to governments.

wildlife traps