Pangolins under threat as illegal trafficking grows

This elusive creature may be little known by the public, but it's actually the most common victim of poaching. In the face of this mass hunting, NGOs are calling for strong actions to protect the pangolin.

This is the world’s most poached mammal.

In just one decade, over a million pangolins would have been killed to be illegally sold. And trafficking continues to develop. Consequently, the mass hunting of these shy animals results in the decline of their population. So, in 2016, the international trade of pangolins was prohibited.

To meet the demand, trafficking is taking place on a global scale via criminal networks. For example, pangolins are being hunted by traffickers in Central Africa. They then transit through Germany, Belgium or Turkey before being sold in Europe or Asia. As a result, all 8 species of pangolins are considered endangered.

Between 2016 and 2019, over 200 tons of illegal scales were seized around the world. According to several NGOs, this would represent only a small fraction of the total traffic. While the average weight of a shipment of scales was at 2.2 tons in 2016, it rose to 6.2 tons in 2019.


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  • Asdrubal A.
    10 hours

    El cachicamo chino.

  • Jesus C.
    10 hours

    Estos animalitos son inofensivos y muy útiles en los campos de agricultura extensivas.

  • Vilma V.
    10 hours

    este es el que te hable Monsalves. 🙄🙄🙄

  • Isabel B.
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  • Antonio A.
    12 hours

    Is good stop are very innocent and beautiful animals

  • Novan F.
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  • အဘ သ.
    13 hours


  • Ahmad S.
    13 hours

    Indonesia. Is name tringgiling

  • OG K.
    14 hours

    No be this pongolin wey carry coronovirus come give China? 🙄 Poachers should keep poaching

  • Oscar O.
    15 hours

    Espero sea protegido como tantas otras especies. No nos vallamos muy lejos aquí en Argentina están haciendo estragos con la flora y la fauna. Y nadie hace nada.

  • Djaywip B.
    15 hours

    In Nigeria and Africa its called bush meat!!! And it very nice with palmwine (pami)

  • Diana M.
    15 hours

    Este animalito es indefenso y esta en peligro de extincion cuidemoslo

  • Rad M.
    16 hours

    ity l izy

  • Keaoleboga D.
    16 hours

    that's your chap

  • Yorpoi J.
    17 hours

    A very lazy creature

  • Yorpoi J.
    17 hours

    Pangolin is a very good meat to eat. In our country they are common to catch.

  • Alixandro H.
    17 hours

    Al gente cruel y sin corazón esa gente tienen que estar presos

  • الصقر ا.
    17 hours