Rappler's latest stories on pangolins
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
Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries
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.
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.
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.
This series will provide insights into a shadow economy that has thrived out of sight. Without intervention, these actions will drive pangolins to extinction.
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
'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 is battling to clamp down on rampant poaching and smuggling of pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal
The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species
'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
Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world's most trafficked mammal
At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City
Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth
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
Police discover the pangolins known as scaly anteaters when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java
Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery which could lead to more charges for the 12 Chinese men arrested