Believed to be the world’s most trafficked animal, a single pangolin can fetch as much as $7,000 (£4,300) on the black market.
The pangolin – unique among mammals because of its reptilian scales – is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia. Its scales are also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions that include inward-growing eyelashes, boils and poor circulation.
Its conservation status is being reviewed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and two species, the Chinese and the sunda (Malayan pangolin), are likely to be designated as “critically endangered” next year.
Mr Challender said the four species in Asia could be extinct in as little as 20 years. The four African species may last longer.
It is believed that the pangolin population has decreased with 94% since the 60s.
This is not new news. We’ve covered the sad story before here.. But it’s important to get the word out there in order to push public opinion that it is NOT OK to drive an animal to extinction because it tastes good or is believed to have some magical powers. This poor thing is not an alien creature, it’s a fascinating animal of earth that does not deserve this fate.