Pangolin Blog


Scales from 11,000 Pangolins Seized in Hong Kong from Nigeria

Nigeria – The Nigerian Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has opened an investigation into the seizure by the Hong Kong Customs Service of 7,100 kilos of pangolins scales – representing approximately 11,000 pangolins, according to Pangolin Conservation. “The Ministry has initiated the investigation of the reported illegal trade by communicating officially with the Hong Kong CITES Management Authority with a view of furnishing the documents that will be forwarded to INTERPOL for further investigation.”, […]


Frozen Palawan Pangolin Confiscated at Checkpoint in the Philippines

Philippines – A vehicle carrying the 21 frozen Palawan Pangolins (Manis culionensis) was discovered at a government checkpoint about 5:30am – on July 28, 2018 – in the Philippines near Puerto Princesa City, according to officials at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Community Environment and Natural Resource Officer (CENRO) Elmer Garaez said, “We were told by the driver that he came from Roxas and that he was only supposed to deliver it […]


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 […]


African White-Bellied Tree Pangolin

GOOD NEWS: Pangolin DNA Database is Being Developed to Combat Smuggling

This week at the IUCN conference it was announced that the Center for Conservation Biology, at the University of Washington in Seattle, was awarded a grant as part of the USAID Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. One of 4 grand prize winners. Sam Wasser, Ph.D., and graduate student Hyeon Jong Kim will develop non-invasive genetic tests. Which will allow field researchers to identify what populations and regions poached pangolins originated from. These tests can be instrumental to […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Three Poachers Arrested in Gwalior for Killing Pangolins – India

Bhopal, May 25: Three poachers were arrested in Gwalior for killing endangered pangolins whose meat and scales are smuggled to illegal markets in China, Vietnam, Thailand among others where the parts are used to create potions believed to have aphrodisiac properties. Based on intelligence gathered by the Wildlife SOS Anti-Poaching Unit, a joint operation was launched in collaboration with the DFO of Gwalior, the CCF Gwalior – Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and the state police […]


A Small Snippet of My Life with Pangolins

“When someone unexpectedly hands you a pangolin in a woven plastic sac, what do you do? I was not expecting this, not right now. This poor girl was about to be delivered to a Chinese restaurant (who would have eaten it). A moment later, another bag was produced. It turns out she gave birth to a male offspring, the previous night, within the sac!!! The baby was being kept in a small bag, separate from the […]