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Illegal Trade Hammering Critically Endangered Sunda Pangolin Stronghold

by Christin VanZant last modified Jan 13, 2018 09:23 PM
Contributors: TRAFFIC
Jakarta, Indonesia, 21st December 2017—Indonesia, one of the last strongholds of the Sunda Pangolin, has lost up to 10,000 pangolins a year to illegal trade despite significant enforcement success, finds a new TRAFFIC study.

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In Scaly Nexus: Mapping Indonesian pangolin seizures, TRAFFIC researchers found an equivalent of 35,632 pangolins had been seized in 111 enforcement cases over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015.

The volume of pangolins and parts seized annually varied greatly throughout the study period, ranging from an equivalent of 2,436 to 10,857 pangolins per year.

 

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