The world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, is getting much-needed attention on the day before World Pangolin Day, with what may be the world’s first-ever burn of pangolin scales. Cameroon’s Ministry of Forests and Wildlife burned 3,094 kg—approximately 3 tons—of pangolin scales at 11:00 a.m. local time in Yaoundé. Representatives from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Africa's oldest and largest conservation organization, attended the event in a show of solidarity.
Habitat loss poses a significant threat to biodiversity and people’s livelihoods in Kenya and beyond. Rapid land conversion, mostly driven by human population expansion, is behind this threat, and current trends demand innovative and long-term solutions to address it.
How is Africa’s wildlife faring? Last year there were a number of significant actions taken on behalf of, and new data released about, many of Africa’s iconic species. What follows is a brief summary of these developments.
Chinese officials recently made the largest pangolin parts bust in the country’s history, on Dec. 10, 2016. Authorities in Shanghai seized 3.1 tons of pangolin scales—estimated to represent 5,000 to 7,500 individual animals.
Today, China announced it would ban its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. The following is a statement by African Wildlife Foundation CEO Patrick Bergin in response to the news.