Welcome to the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group website

We are pleased to present the official website of the  International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group (PangolinSG).

The PangolinSG is one of over 120 IUCN-SSC specialist groups, Red List Authorities and task forces working towards achieving the SSC’s vision of “a world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity.” Our group is comprised of a quorum of experts from around the world that leads efforts to study pangolins and the threats they face and devises conservation solutions to ensure the long-term survival of pangolins in both Africa and Asia.

Our website is designed to be a resource for different stakeholders by providing news and information about pangolins, their conservation and on-going research projects, and the activities of the PangolinSG. It also hosts a library of scientific literature and resources and provides details on how you can get involved with the group. Thank you for visiting, and please get in touch anytime!




At SC65 pangolins came up on the agenda under enforcement matters, and a suite of interventions followed the introduction of the document and the issue by the Secretariat. Interventions were made by China, Vietnam, Indonesia, the US, Canada, and India, as well as the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.  The Pangolin Specialist Group drew attention to the magnitude of the trade since the 11th CoP (2000)…..CLICK HERE to read the full article.


Pangolins in Africa are frequently found in the bushmeat trade. However, little research has been conducted on pangolins specifically in these markets.  Here, Magdalena Svensson, Elena Bersacola, and Simon Bearder from Oxford Brookes University provide a note on observations of pangolins in bushmeat markets in Angola. CLICK HERE to read their note.


With World Pangolin Day being celebrated on Saturday 15th February this year, over the next few days the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group will be outlining what it and some of its members are doing to raise awareness about pangolins and the research and other initiatives being undertaken to conserve these amazing species. Conf_video

A video covering the 1st IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group Conservation Conference, held last June at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

We also have a number of articles written by our members detailing what they are doing for pangolins and their conservation. The first seven articles are:

Indian pangolins in captivity, by Rajesh Kumar Mohapatra, Pangolin Conservation Breeding Center, Nandankanan Zoological Park, India and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Ecology of the Sunda pangolin in Sabah, Malayisa, by Elisa Panjang, Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Chinese pangolin conservation in Eastern Himalayas of Nepal, by Ambika Prasad Khatiwada, Conservation Officer of National Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Pangolin research in Namibia, Paul Rankin, Bruno Nebe and Dr. Debbie Shaw of Pangolin Research Mundulea and members of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Releasing pangolins in Vietnam, by Louise Fletcher, of the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Ecology, Genetics and Conservation of Pangolins, by Helen Nash, a PhD student at the National University of Singapore and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Pangolin research and conservation in Africa, by Darren Pietersen, Africa Vice-Chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and Chair of the African Pangolin Working Group.

To read the articles, CLICK HERE.