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Ground pangolin. Lawrence Weitz
  • 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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  • The Perfect Specialists: Fantastic Pangolin Adaptations May 28, 2021

    The pangolin has a fantastic blend of specialized features that make them an astonishingly unique and whimsical creature in the animal kingdom. Here are a few of their most distinctive and interesting characteristics that allow them to thrive in the wild.

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  • Pakistan's Pangolins are Vanishing May 14, 2021

    According to recent reports from the World Wildlife Fund, pangolins in Pakistan are sharply declining due to increased illegal poaching to meet the growing demand for their scales and meat in China. This demand is the primary reason that pangolins are the most illegally trafficked wild mammal in the world.

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  • Hope for Pangolins Rescued from the Illegal Wildlife Trade May 4, 2021

    Illegal trade in wildlife is one of the biggest threats to the future of countless endangered species, perhaps none more so than pangolins. But the dedication of conservationists to protect and rehabilitate pangolins victimized by this trade offers much needed rays of hope. The journey of Tot is one such hopeful story.

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  • Last Year's Decline in Wildlife Trafficking May Lead to Increased Activity April 15, 2021

    Seizures of illegal wildlife products, such as pangolin scales, declined significantly in 2020. Authorities attribute this steep drop in illegal wildlife trade to the difficulties created by the pandemic, which hindered traffickers' international shipping routes. On the surface, this seems like good news, but 2020's metrics may be more complex than they appear.

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  • Taking Wildlife Off the Menu April 1, 2021

    Hundreds of vendors and patrons filled the open-air stalls in Wuhan's sprawling Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Among the array of fresh produce and seafood, a wild animals section boasted 75 wildlife species available for sale. Included in this ill-fated menagerie were pangolins— gentle mammals covered head to tail in armor-like scales.

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