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One Live Pangolin & Four Leopard Pelts Found During Smuggling Attempt

India – Forest officials in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district have seized four pieces of leopard skin and arrested six persons on charge of trading in wildlife body parts. One live pangolin was also recovered from the six persons, said Swayam Mallick, Divisional Forest Official (DFO) of Nabarangpur. All the accused have been forwarded to the court. Four motor cycles used by the accused were also seized by the forest squad, he said. Mallick said a series of search […]

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Four Men Convicted of Trafficking Endangered Pangolins in Vietnam

A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday sentenced four people to up to one and a half years in jail for trafficking pangolins. Vo Ta Dung, 54, had the longest jail term. Two of his accomplices received five months and 11 days, which was the detention period, and were released after the trial. The other got a suspended sentence of one year. The operation was busted last December when two members were caught driving […]


Army Major Arrested Allegedly Smuggling Pangolin Meat & Ivory – South Sudan

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan authorities arrested an army major and a Chinese oil worker for allegedly trafficking elephant ivory and endangered pangolin meat through the country’s Paloich oil fields. National wildlife service officer Bona Adino said he arrested the army officer at Juba International Airport Tuesday with 27 pieces of cut ivory from eight elephants on a cargo flight to Paloich, the country’s only functioning oil fields. On Wednesday, an airport sniffer dog unit […]


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 […]


250k USD Worth of Pangolin Scales Seized from Speedboat – Hong Kong

At 2 am, yesterday, Customs officers spotted people loading goods onto a speedboat on the coast of Lau Fau Shan in northeastern New Territories. Officers intercepted them and found five cartons containing 130 kilos of pangolin scales and 15 bags holding 310 kilos of furs (appearing to be from small white animals), with a total value of HKD2 million (250k USD, instead by Pangolin Conservation). The government statement did not specify whether any arrests were made. A customs official […]