#WestAfrica


Attempted Smugging 357kg Pangolin Scales Discovered at Vietnam’s Noi Bai Airport

Customs officers detected two consignments containing pangolin scales at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on April 4. The consignments were transported from Ghana to Noi Bai on February 27. Recently, many consignments of pangolin scales were uncovered at the airport, including one from Cameroon containing 357kg of scales. The traditional use of pangolin scales to treat blocked milk ducts is touted by a number of websites online, but doctors of traditional medicine said scientific […]


Four-Year Old Raises Money for Pangolins with Lemonade Stand and Completely Melts our Hearts

Everyday we’re reminded that one individual can make a difference. Today, it’s the story of Dasa (what a beautiful name), a four-year old who took it upon themselves to raise over $70 that they donated to help pangolins! Thank you Dasa! YOU INSPIRE US! Your $70 will goes towards the essential research to protect pangolins in West Africa! With this research we will be able to protect the pangolins of West Africa from the horrific trade […]


I Am a Human Being, Capable of Doing Beautiful Things

For the past 24 hours, I’ve had this song on repeat. “I am a human being, capable of doing beautiful things.”, continues to pierce my ears while I write this. The follow up lyrics, “There’s lightning striking all over the world.”, is just a reminder of why I have to have those first lyrics repeated. When you work in the field of conservation, self-doubt is frequent. Self-doubt appears when you’re attacked by competing interests, questioning […]


New Species of Bark Spider Discovered by PangolinConservation.org

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   New Species of Bark Spider Discovered by PangolinConservation.org   St. Augustine, FL USA August 19, 2016   While conducting a survey for tree pangolin habitat in western Togo, Justin Miller, director of Pangolin Conservation, came across a very unique spider. After posting photos of the spider on social media, Miller came to find out this it appears to be a new species of Bark Spider (Caerostris sp.).   These […]


LARGEST Known Seizure of Pangolin Scales, It’s Devastating!

Pangolin Conservation – 16,093 lbs (7,300 kg) of pangolin scales from Nigeria were seized today in Hong Kong (an autonomous territory of China), according to customs officials. The valuable of the pangolin scales was reported as $1,805,182 US dollars (14 million Hong Kong Dollars). They were found on a cargo shipped in the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound and declared as “660 bags of recycled plastic particles”. Customs officials found that 259 bags contained pangolin scales of […]


Pangolin Conservation, “Share” a Good Thing

We need your help! Please consider a small donation to help further our programs. We’re currently working towards the following in the Volta region of West Africa: establishment of a protective reserve, population surveys, and the development of a primary school educational outreach program. We’re working on a camera trap survey, with the first few cameras being set up in August. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch some videos of some awesome animals we can share when […]


Forensics Expertise Brought to Train Scientists on Pangolin DNA to Help ID Smuggled Products

Pretoria, South Africa 4th July 2016—Scientists from Malaysia, Thailand, VietNam, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom as well as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) law enforcement attaché for Southern Africa, last week visited the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) to learn about the wildlife DNA casework being undertaken to help crack cases with international ramifications. The need for international forensics collaboration was highlighted by the seizure the previous […]


Nigerian Customs Arrest Two Attempting To Smuggle Pangolin Scales & Ivory

Lagos, Nigeria – The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted 678 pieces of elephant tusks and 381kg of pangolin being smuggled out of the country by some Chinese citizens at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The airport Customs command said it arrested two Chinese nationals over the attempt to smuggle out the prohibited items. According to the Customs, the attempt by the Chinese nationals contravenes Schedule 6 of the Nigerian Exports Prohibition List, which prescribes […]


500 Kg Pangolin Scales Found at Kenyan Airport

Kenya- 500 kilograms of Pangolin scales worth Sh300 million have been recovered at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The consignment which seemed to not have an owner was nabbed at the KQ cargo area and was then taken into KWS custody. Investigations revealed that the scales were being shipped from Conakry, Guinea to Lagos, Nigeria. The Cites Management Authority in Conakry, Guinea (Ministry of Water, Forests and Environment) stated that the documents which were found alongside […]


Pangolin Conservation is Now a 501(c)(3) Organization!

Pangolin Conservation (DBA under Zoological Conservation) has received recognized status by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. What does this mean? It means that in addition to already being a non-profit incorporated organization, donations made to Pangolin Conservation are tax deductible in the USA. This includes any previous donations people have made through our donation links or to our organization. Thank you to all those who have donated to us in the past, as […]