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Ground pangolin. Lawrence Weitz
  • Online Wildlife Trafficking has Spiked During the Pandemic August 2, 2021

    Illegal wildlife trafficking activity has increased online during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely due to Southeast Asian governments placing heightened travel restrictions, trade suspensions, and lockdowns between countries, which prevented traffickers from conducting business as usual.

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  • Animal Heroes that Protect Wildlife July 15, 2021

    A recent article from the New Big 5 explores how trained animals play a crucial role in helping conservationists protect endangered animals. One example of these specialized animals are APOPO's African giant pouched rats, which have been dubbed "Hero Rats" due to their amazing skill at helping authorities detect smuggled pangolin scales and products.

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  • Persistent Pangolins: Nature’s Pest Control and Soil Caretakers July 8, 2021

    Wherever an immense number of ants and termites exist, a pangolin is sure to be found and ready to feast on at least 70 million insects per year. Their ravenous appetite plays a crucial role in regulating ant and termite populations and aids in maintaining balance in the ecosystem by preventing insects from over-harvesting trees and eroding the soil.

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  • Tikki Hywood Foundation and the Importance of Impi June 29, 2021

    A box was handed over to Tikki Hywood Foundation from the authorities. Inside was a tightly curled mother pangolin, wrapped around her young baby. More than likely they were starving. Had it been days or weeks since these two endangered animals had been plucked from their home, forced into a sack, and kept from any and all source of natural food and or water?

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  • Pangolin Conservationist Thai Van Nguyen Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize June 17, 2021

    The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded every year to six individuals for their major contributions to global environmental challenges. Thai Van Nguyen, a life-long pangolin conservationist and founder of Save Vietnam's Wildlife, is one of this year's recipients.

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  • What are the Top Threats to Pangolins? June 8, 2021

    Found solely in Africa and Asia, pangolin populations have plummeted by 80% since the start of the 21st century, coinciding with the explosion of poaching in that same span of time. All pangolin species are now vulnerable to extinction.

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