Identifying Strongholds for Asia’s Critically Endangered Pangolins

Organization Pangolin Crisis Fund
Project Type Nature Conservation

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Status Open

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Funding Level $$$$

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There is no animal on Earth like the pangolin, yet most people had never heard of them until recently. Despite their relative obscurity, pangolins have the unfortunate distinction of being the most illegally trafficked wild mammal in the world. Their recent notoriety as the possible link between humans and wildlife with the COVID-19 virus has resulted in increased awareness of the plight of the species, but that has not yet translated into a change in their conservation status.

Pangolins have traditionally been hunted to supply a rampant illegal global trade in their scales, meat, and body parts. Because of demand—mostly in Asia, where pangolin meat is considered a delicacy and their scales are believed to have medicinal qualities—all eight species of pangolins are threatened with extinction. But it’s not too late to save them.

The Pangolin Crisis Fund (PCF) has one goal: Eliminate the demand, trafficking, and poaching crisis that puts all eight species of pangolins at risk of extinction. The PCF aims to achieve this goal by investing in the best projects to stop the poaching of pangolins, stop the trade and demand for pangolin products, and raise the profile of this little-known animal.

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