Nica Richards
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
19 Feb 2021
11:06 am

Breaking down the illegal world of pangolin trafficking and trade

Nica Richards

Pangolin poaching rates have increased to the point where it is now a transnational organised crime issue.

Pangolin scales. 15 July 2019. Picture: Supplied

The elusive pangolin, of which very little is known, is the most trafficked non-human mammal in the world.  It is estimated that between 2000 and 2013, more than one million pangolins were slaughtered and trafficked for their scales, meat and body parts.  One tonne of scales equates to roughly 1900 poached pangolin.  Despite this, experts do not know how many of these scaly creatures are left in the wild. They do know that we only have about 20 years left to save pangolin from extinction. This is because they are a cryptic species, and are extremely difficult to find in...