World Pangolin Day(February 13, 2017)
The 18th February is World Pangolin Day, so it's a great opportunity to find out more about this species and how we can all help them.
International wildlife trafficking poses a major threat to pangolins. Since 2,000 it is estimated that more than a million pangolins have been illegally traded internationally, amking them the most trafficked wild mammal in the the world. Since 2014, all 8 species of pangolin are classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. The Chinese and Sunda species list as Critically Endangered, while the Indian and Philippine pangolins are Endangered, and the four African species are Vulnerable.
Back in September at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, a motion was passed urging more support for conservation of pangolins. The 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17), which brought in an international trade ban for all eight pangolin species.
So how can you help pangolins?