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Ground pangolin. Lawrence Weitz
  • 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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  • The Importance of International Customs Agents in Fighting Wildlife Crime March 25, 2021

    The Environmental Investigation Agency recently highlighted the remarkable contributions of international customs authorities to help fight illegal wildlife trafficking. During 2020, illegal wildlife trade continued despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet customs agents around the world continued to help prevent large shipments of illegal wildlife products from reaching their destinations.

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  • Report Names West and Central Africa as Epicenter of Pangolin Scale Trafficking March 17, 2021

    A report from the Environmental Investigation Agency shows that West and Central Africa have become major hubs for the poaching and exporting of both elephant ivory and pangolin scales to illegal Asian markets. This is made possible by extensive corruption and the absence of effective laws prohibiting such wildlife crime.

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  • New Study Brings Hope for the Philippine Pangolin March 2, 2021

    The Philippine pangolin is so rare that conservationists cannot properly estimate its remaining population size. They are found only on the island province of Palawan in the Philippines, and like all pangolins, have been the victim of poaching, causing it to be listed as Critically Endangered. But a new study brings some hope for the Philippine pangolin.

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