The most recent IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status assessments listed two Asian species of pangolin as Endangered. Pangolins worldwide are subject to a number of threats including hunting for illicit international trade, which takes place on a huge scale despite domestic and international legal prohibitions (click here for more information). With two exceptions, there are no population estimates for any species of pangolin anywhere and little is known about pangolin ecology and biology or their conservation needs (see here), making it difficult to determine the severity of these threats to pangolin populations.
A range of conservation and research projects are being conducted by PangolinSG members (click here for more details), and there is significant scope and need for future research on a broad range of pangolin conservation issues. Click here to find out more about priority research directions and opportunities.