$1.2 million worth of pangolin scales weighing a total of 400 kilograms were seized in Malaysia. Authorities seized two shipments of pangolin scales in Malaysia from Ghana.
In China's largest raid of animal parts yet, tons and tons of the world's most hunted mammal were recovered.
Over exploitation, according to researchers, is the culprit in the decline of most species.
Illegal trafficking and poaching of rhinos, elephants and pangolins, and others in South Africa were the topics in a recent talk by a Wild Tomorrow Fund ecologist, at Audubon Greenwich, in Connecticut. Researchers say there is hope despite a seemingly grim future for the animals.
National World Wildlife Day (March 3) may be just behind us, but that doesn't mean it's too late to talk about the plight of the pangolin, one of the world's most endangered animals.
Pangolins are insect-eating mammals that resemble a cross between an armadillo and an artichoke. However, these unusual critters have recently been identified as exceptionally vulnerable and "critically endangered," largely due to a little known illegal trade that is treating Pangolin meat as a high-end delicacy.