Saving pangolins from extinction
Saving pangolins has been at the core of our Wildlife programme for many years. These extraordinary creatures are the world’s most trafficked wild mammal. The pangolin is prized for its meat, which is considered a delicacy, and for its scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Our campaigns work to expose and end the global wildlife trade.
In February 2014, 41 countries and the European Union adopted the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, committing to tackle the illegal multi-billion dollar transnational wildlife trade.
In November 2016, we drew on more than three decades of experience in tackling wildlife and forest crime to evaluate the significant challenges, best practice and progress made by some of the key countries. Our Time For Action report summarised the key findings of our preliminary assessment and reiterated recommendations which should be made a priority.
In 2018, we launched our dedicated Pangolin Campaign, expanding on the intelligence we had already built up through our work to save tigers and elephants. We are determined to save pangolins from extinction – while there’s still time.