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About the IUCN-SSC PangolinSG

The IUCN-SSC PangolinSG was re-established in February 2012 in recognition of widespread global threats to pangolins and to address the lack of understanding of the species and their conservation needs. A previous incarnation of the group existed between 1996 and 2004. The PangolinSG is comprised of a quorum of technical experts from around the world ranging from field biologists and zoologists to veterinarians, geneticists and social scientists with interest and expertise in the conservation of pangolins. We currently have 65 members. To find out about the group structure please click here and to learn about our partners and supporters, click here.

From L-R: PangolinSG Co-Chair Jonathan Baillie, Debbie Shaw, Stewart Muir, Lisa Hywood, Red List Authority Focal Point Carly Waterman and Paul Rankin

As well as being a scientific advisory body to the IUCN, the PangolinSG aims to increase understanding of the eight extant pangolin species, the threats they face, and how such threats can be mitigated in order to facilitate their long term conservation. The group also aims to catalyze research into pangolin conservation, which is reflected in our mission statement to:

“Be a global voice for pangolins by working to advance worldwide knowledge and understanding of pangolins, their conservation, natural history and ecology and to catalyze action to meet these needs.”

Core activities of the PangolinSG include updating the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species assessments for pangolins, providing advice to the IUCN and other conservation organisations and informing multilateral environmental agreements. Other objectives are to:

  • Serve as leaders in global pangolin conservation efforts;
  • Undertake scientific research to learn more about pangolins, the nature and severity of their threats and to devise appropriate conservation actions;
  • Develop species- and continent-specific conservation strategies;
  • Act as a catalyst for pangolin related research (at BSc, MSc and PhD levels);
  • Provide technical advice on captive husbandry, rescue and release protocols; and
  • Fundraise to support pangolin research and conservation projects.

A range of IUCN-SSC PangolinSG endorsed research and conservation projects are currently underway both in Africa and Asia, and more research is needed. To find out more about these activities please visit our Conservation page (click here), and to support these activities through a donation, please click here.