Seizure highlights need for pangolin conservation

The seizure of 71 pangolins being transported without documentation in Vietnam has highlighted that the formation of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group has come at an important time.

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) Photo: Dan Challender, Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Programme, Vietnam

Believed to have originally come from Malaysia, the animals would have been smuggled across the Lao PDR boarder into Viet Nam with an ultimate destination in China. Used as food and in traditional medicine, demand for pangolins appears to be increasing in China and Viet Nam.

The formation of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is timely as it will help fulfill the current need for more information about pangolins, the threats facing them and the solutions that will help conserve these animals.

To find out more about this seizure read the original TRAFFIC article here.

For more information please contact: Richard Thomas, Communications Co-ordinator, TRAFFIC. Tel. +44 752 6646216 E-mail:

Work area: 
Wildlife trade
Viet Nam
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