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The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group

It is estimated that more than a million pangolins have been snatched from the wild in the past decade. The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is leading efforts to save pangolins from poaching and illegal trade. Learn more about our work.

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About Pangolins

Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are extraordinary animals. They are the world’s only truly scaly mammals and their unique behaviours include scooping up ants and termites with their incredibly long, sticky tongues and curling up into a ball when threatened. There are eight species in total – four in Africa and four in Asia.

Sadly, pangolins are the most illegally traded wild mammals on the planet. They are poached for their meat, which is eaten as a luxury dish in parts of their range, and their scales which are used in Traditional Asian Medicine.

You can help conserve pangolins by avoiding purchasing illegal pangolin products, raising awareness and donating to the Pangolin Specialist Group or directly to projects on the ground.