National Geography Reports Pangolins on the Brink of Extinction| Zhou Jinfeng Remarks on Illegal Wildlife Trade
2019/6/9 16:53:00 本站

Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom—a story about the ground pangolin named Tamuda is published on National Geography in June 2019.

 

This article analyzes the living condition of eight pangolin species survival, and details what leads them to the way of extinction, in which cites the pangolin trade report of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), showing that China imported a little more than 16 tons of scales during the 21-year period from 1994 to 2014—not nearly enough to meet the demand from pharmaceutical companies.

 

Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), has accepted the interview by National Geography. He points out that provincial forestry departments often don't identify that enterprises are getting scales from the stockpile or caught pangolins illegally. Dr. Zhou is skeptical that scale stockpiles in China are big enough to fill companies' needs more than two decades after pangolins virtually disappeared in the country.

 

This article also introduces the anti-poaching of pangolins conducted in Asia and Africa. See the following link for more details.

National Geographic: Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom (2019.5)


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/06/pangolins-poached-for-scales-used-in-chinese-medicine/


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(Photo credit: CBCGDF volunteer)


Original Chinese article:

http://www.cbcgdf.org/NewsShow/4937/8803.html


By / Wang Yanqing