- Issue: Spring 2016
While all eight pangolin species—which are spread across Africa and Asia—are protected under international laws, the animal is still vulnerable to the illegal wildlife trade. It fetches a high price in Asian countries, where its scales are used in traditional medicine and its meat is sold in high-end restaurants. Between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 117,000 to 234,000 pangolins were slaughtered for their parts. They’re now one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia.
To protect pangolins and other species being funneled into Asia’s black markets, WWF is working on campaigns to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products in China and Vietnam. We’re also lobbying for more effective national laws and antipoaching programs—measures needed to keep these animals out of markets and in the wild where they belong.