Welcome to the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group website
We are pleased to present the official website of the International Union for 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!
CITES SC66 UPDATE – PROGRESS MADE ON PANGOLINS – JANUARY 2016
Last week in Geneva the CITES Standing Committee met for the 66th time to discuss a range of species issues, including the conservation of and trade in pangolins. Pangolins came up on the agenda on Tuesday afternoon and in-session working group meeting was held before the Standing Committee adopted measures pursuant to the conservation of pangolins and to address illegal trade. The PangolinSG was in attendance and held a side event and made an intervention in plenary. Click here for more details.
SOS AND FONDATION SEGRÉ ANNOUNCE NEW INTERNATIONAL PANGOLIN CONSERVATION INITIATIVE – JULY 2015
About a week ago, the world’s first ever Pangolin Range States meeting took place in Da Nang, Vietnam, reflecting the growing conservation concern for pangolins globally. In response to the need for concerted conservation action, the IUCN SSC PangolinSG is pleased to report the announcement of a two-year international Pangolin Conservation Initiative taking place in Cameroon, Thailand and China, as a result of the partnership between Foundation Segré and SOS (Save Our Species). Click here for more details.
PANGOLIN SPECIALIST GROUP PLAYS KEY ROLE IN FIRST PANGOLIN RANGE STATES MEETING – JUNE 2015
On 24-26th June, the First Pangolin Range States meeting was held in Da Nang, Vietnam, and members of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group (PangolinSG) played a key role in this meeting. Organised by the US and Vietnamese governments and NGO sponsors including IFAW, Humane Society International (HIS), Natural Resources Defence Council and the Freeland Foundation, the purpose of the meeting was to foster collaboration between Pangolin Range States, consuming countries, and stakeholders, in order to discuss the latest information on pangolin status and trade and develop a series of actions to protect pangolins against overexploitation as a result of international trade. Click here for more details.
WORLD PANGOLIN DAY 2015 RAISED GLOBAL AWARENESS OF PANGOLINS – JUNE 2015
The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group (PangolinSG) celebrated the fourth annual World Pangolin Day on February 21, 2015. The group, which consists of over 70 members from around the world and comprises trade experts, vets, social scientists, biologists and ecologists, ran a social media campaign through Facebook and Twitter to raise global awareness about pangolins and the threats they face.
The #WorldPangolinDay campaign profiled the eight pangolin species, engaged hundreds of new followers, and raised upwards of US$1,000 in donations towards the PangolinSG’s conservation goals.
February 2015 also coincided with the third anniversary of the PangolinSG. The group was established in 2012 to address the growing threat facing all eight species of pangolins
Click here to read more about our campaign and awareness raising activities.
‘SCALING UP PANGOLIN CONSERVATION’ ACTION PLAN LAUNCHED AS ALL PANGOLINS NOW THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group presents here its conservation action plan ‘Scaling up pangolin conservation‘, as all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction, which is driven by demand for their meat and scales.
The action plan outlines strategic actions which are considered critical to the conservation of pangolins globally, and which require urgent implementation, including reducing demand for pangolins among consumers, the strengthening of site protection at pangolin strongholds, helping communities move away from poaching pangolins, and the strengthening of legislation.
The publication of this action plan follows the first ever global conference on pangolin conservation held by the Pangolin Specialist Group, where the status of all pangolins on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species was revised. As a result of these assessments the Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now categorized as ‘Critically Endangered’, the Indian and Philippine pangolins as ‘Endangered’, and all four African species are now considered ‘Vulnerable’, as a result of past and on-going population declines.
This is the result of on-going illicit hunting and poaching of pangolins which within Asia, and increasingly in Africa, is driven largely by market demand in East Asia, where pangolin meat is consumed as a luxury food, and increasingly affluent consumers are willing to pay high prices for it, and their scales which are used in traditional medicines. This trade takes place despite pangolins being protected species in most countries in which they occur, and despite being listed in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix II, to which zero export quotas were established in the year 2000 for wild-caught Asian pangolins traded for commercial purposes, in effect a trade ban.
“A Vital first step is for the Chinese and Vietnamese governments to conduct an inventory of their pangolin scale stocks and make this publicly available to prove that wild-caught pangolins are no longer supplying the commercial trade.”