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PSG Vice Chair Thai Van Nguyen wins 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize

Congratulations to PSG Vice Chair Thai Van Nguyen for being awarded the prestigious 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia! The annual award is given to six pioneering grass…


Challenges ahead but a bright future for pangolins

World Pangolin Day is the third Saturday in February (20th February this year). It represents a chance to celebrate all things pangolin and supports conservation of the Manidae….


World Pangolin Day celebrations highlight pangolin conservation in a critical year and decade for biodiversity

The year 2020 is critically important for pangolins and biodiversity overall, as is the decade leading up to 2030. Within 2020, numerous gatherings of governments, scientists and conservation…


Statement from Pangolin Specialist Group Chair on possible link between pangolins and coronavirus

Researchers from South China Agriculture University announced last week that pangolins could potentially be linked to the deadly coronavirus. They identified a virus in pangolins that was 99%…


Reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020

In our first blog of the year, we take a look back at some of the key moments for pangolin conservation in 2019, before looking ahead at what…


IUCN Red List update highlights need for concerted conservation action for pangolins

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM (hereafter ‘Red List’) is the planet’s most comprehensive information source on the global status of animal, plant and fungus species. The…


Snapped! Pangolins caught on camera: How global camera trap data can be used to monitor pangolins

Hannah Khwaja, Field Conservation Assistant at Chester Zoo, former intern and member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, tells us about her recent publication ‘Pangolins in global…


How many scales do pangolins have? This knowledge could help inform levels of threat and conservation action

Much of the illegal trade in pangolins involves their scales. As large shipments of scales continue to be seized, some weighing upwards of 12 tonnes (e.g., recent seizures…


World Governments Re-Affirm Commitments to Pangolins at CITES CoP18

Geneva, Switzerland Governments of the world re-affirmed their commitment to halting pangolin trafficking this week in Geneva at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18)…


Malaysia’s First Pangolin Sanctuary and Research Centre to be Opened in Sabah

In a big win for the Sunda pangolin, plans for developing Malaysia’s first pangolin conservation centre have been announced. The new Sabah Pangolin Sanctuary and Research Institute (SAPSARI)…