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Pangolin Borneo 2006

Very little is known about the population numbers of pangolins. What we do know is that according to the IUCN1 Red List of Threatened Species all eight species have a decreasing population trend, a worrying sign for the future of the pangolin.

The IUCN Red List classifies the Chinese and the Sunda pangolin species as ‘Endangered’ due to high levels of hunting and a dramatic decrease in populations over the last 15 years. This decline is expected to continue at a rate of 50 percent over the next 15 years. The remaining species of Asian and African pangolins are classified as ‘Near Threatened’, apart from the Cape and black-bellied pangolins which are classified as ‘Least Concern’ since their decline is not currently believed to be sufficient enough to warrant a higher listing.


All 8 Asian and African pangolin species are currently listed in Appendix II of CITES2

In 2000 this listing was adjusted so that there is now a zero quota for Asian pangolins taken from the wild to be traded for commercial purposes.

1 International Union for the Conservation of Nature

2 Convention of International trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora

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