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China removes pangolin from traditional medicine list

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:36 AM

Pangolins are left out of the official Chinese Pharmacopoeia this year, along with substances including a pill formulated with bat feces

PANGOLIN PARTS. This file photo shows seized endangered pangolin scales displayed during a press conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound in Hong Kong on February 1, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Pangolin identified as potential link for novel coronavirus spread

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) But experts call for the Chinese scientists to release more data from their research

Vietnam seizes two tons of ivory tusks, pangolin scales

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Authorities find the ivory tusks and pangolin scales inside wood boxes shipped from Nigeria

Palawan pangolin rescued in Pampanga

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The pangolin, found in the backyard of a house in Angeles City, may have fled from wildlife smugglers

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon on Saturday, December 21. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

In a Philippine village, pangolin hunting happens under local officials' watch

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Barangay officials in Culion, Palawan do a balancing act trying to save the Philippine pangolin species and keeping their posts

PANGOLIN HUNTING. At night time, hunters in Culion, Palawan, rove through this vast expanse of grassland with their dogs in hopes of spotting nocturnal pangolins, which they sell to buyers visiting their village. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Trafficked to extinction: Vietnam, Taiwan, China

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite the scale of the pangolin trade, little is actually known about it, even among prosecutors and law enforcement officials in its key market: China

ANXIETY. A pangolin rescued in a sting operation in Guangzhou, China, earlier this year. A veterinarian who has been caring for her said the death of a fellow rescued pangolin had incurred anxiety in the remaining pangolins. © Sophia Zhang

Trafficked to extinction: India, Nepal, Hong Kong

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries

A rescued pangolin at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. © Dauharu Baro / Wildlife Trust of India / International Fund for Animal Welfare

Trafficked to extinction: Indonesia and Philippines

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The pangolin trade in Indonesia has become so sophisticated that it reminds experts of the drug trade. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the country's wildlife protection law is not a deterrent to poachers.

A Malaysia-bound baby pangolin that was rescued by police in Medan, Indonesia. Dozens of pangolins seized in the same bust were later released into the wild. Others were given to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences for research. Photo by Tommy Apriando/Tempo, Mongabay

Trafficked to extinction: Malaysia and Thailand

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Demand for pangolins has penetrated even into villages deep in the Malaysian jungle. Near the Malaysia-Thai border, meanwhile, professional smugglers are hired to send the goods across the border.

Trafficked to extinction: Cameroon and Nigeria

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite banning the trade in pangolins, business in Cameroon is still thriving in plain sight in some rural regions. In Nigeria, Chinese traders have taken over the market for pangolins.

Trafficked to extinction

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:00 PM

This series will provide insights into a shadow economy that has thrived out of sight. Without intervention, these actions will drive pangolins to extinction.

TRAFFICKED TO EXTINCTION. Wildlife experts estimate that 9 out of 10 illegally trafficked pangolins are not detected by authorities. Photo by Tsai Yao-Cheng/The Reporter

Conserving pangolins in Palawan

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Caught for traditional Chinese medicine and dubbed the most illegally-trafficked mammals on Earth, pangolins are global icons of how animals face extinction via the illegal wildlife trade

PANGOLIN PUP. This adorable pangolin pup measured 32 centimeters from snout to tail and weighed 0.5 kilograms. Photo by Gregg Yan

All hope is not lost for vanishing Palawan pangolin

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'The presence of pangolin means Palawan's forest habitats are still intact. If we lose this indicator species, Palawan, from being 'the last frontier,' could become 'a lost frontier.'

Malaysia makes record 30-ton pangolin seizure

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Malaysia is battling to clamp down on rampant poaching and smuggling of pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal

SCALES SEIZURE. A Malaysian customs official poses with seized pangolin scales following a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on May 8, 2017. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes – study

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:17 PM

'This paints a grave picture of a phenomenal quantity of pangolins being trafficked and very nimble traffickers who adapt fast, likely in response to enforcement actions,' says Kanitha Krishnasamy of wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic

ENDANGERED. This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching Marimba, a female pangolin weighing 10 kilograms. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world's most trafficked mammal

SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

Dead pangolins found in Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:47 PM

At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City

SMUGGLED? About 15 dead pangolins are found in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on March 18, 2017. Photo by John Dale Salazar

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARLOWE HOOD (FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare. Two studies published on January 11, 2017 by Britain's Royal Society nicely illustrate how Nature imposes choices that determine whether a specimen -- or a species -- will thrive, or just barely survive. Examining 647 types of mammals, Theodore Stankowich and Ashly Romero from California State University Long Beach discovered that those boasting impressive protective gear were also not the brightest of beasts.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Indonesian police seize tiger skin, deer genitals

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:40 PM

They face up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to 100 million rupiah Toga Habinsaran Panjaitan from the local police special crimes unit tells reporters

TIGER SKIN. Indonesian wildlife officials show off seized animal parts, including a tiger skin, in Medan on October 17, 2016. Photo by Gatha Ginting/ AFP

Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins

Aug 26, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Police discover the pangolins known as scaly anteaters when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java

ENDANGERED. Indonesian authorities seize pangolins found hidden in freezers in Jombang district on the main island of Java, Indonesia. Tree pangolin photo by Valerius Tygart on Wikimedia Commons

Chinese boat carried endangered pangolins - coast guard

Apr 15, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery which could lead to more charges for the 12 Chinese men arrested

Photo from the Facebook account of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park