The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is a voluntary network of experts from around the world including field biologists, social scientists, zoologists, veterinarians, ecologists and geneticists, all of whom are actively involved in pangolin research and conservation.
We are an advisory body to IUCN and currently have around 100 members from 25 countries around the globe.
The Pangolin Specialist Group was re-established in February 2012 in recognition of the widespread threats to pangolins globally and to address the lack of understanding of the species and their conservation needs.
The Pangolin Specialist Group’s mission is to:
To work within the framework of the IUCN SSC to secure a future for wild pangolins through advancing knowledge on pangolin status, threats and conservation priorities, and by catalysing action to conserve them.
The Pangolin Specialist Group’s overarching objective is to serve as leaders in pangolin conservation globally by:
- Assessing the conservation status of pangolins for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
- Providing advice to IUCN and other conservation stakeholders
- Catalysing and undertaking scientific research to learn more about pangolins, the nature and severity of their threats, and to devise appropriate conservation actions
- Contributing to multilateral environmental agreements on pangolin related issues (e.g. CITES)
- Developing global conservation strategies and supporting the development of species-specific, national and regional conservation strategies
- Providing technical support to pangolin research and conservation projects and advising on captive husbandry, rescue and release protocols.
Dr. Daniel W. S. Challender
Africa Vice-Chair: Darren Pietersen
Captive Ecology Vice-Chair: Thai Van Nguyen
Communication Co-Vice-Chairs: Keri Parker and Paul Thomson
Genetics Vice-Chair: Helen Nash
Wildlife Crime Vice-Chair: Lisa Hywood
Youth Engagement Vice-Chair: Elliott Newton
Programme Officer & IUCN Red List Authority Co-ordinator: Carly Waterman
Programme Officer (maternity cover): Helen O’Neill
Research Intern: Katie Wells
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Pangolin Specialist Group, please click here to find out more.
We are extremely grateful to the following for their support:
Zoological Society of London – hosts the Pangolin Specialist Group
Zoological Society of London – funds our part-time Programme Officer, Research Intern and designed and hosts the Pangolin Specialist Group website
Wildlife Reserves Singapore – hosted the first Pangolin Specialist Group Conservation Conference in June 2013
First Pangolin Specialist Group Conservation Conference, Singapore, 2013
Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong
San Antonio Zoo
First Pangolin Range States Meeting
United States Fish and Wildlife Service – supported the attendance of members of the Pangolin Specialist Group at the First Pangolin Range States Meeting
We thank our former interns, Lydia Katsis, Hannah Khwaja and Claire Buchan, and all of our individual donors for their ongoing support.