By Rhishja Cota-Larson
Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group have organized the first ever global conference on the protection and conservation of pangolins.
The four day “Scaling up Pangolin Conservation” conference from 24 — 27 June aims to devise an overarching conservation strategy with specific and measurable initiatives, and to provide input into formal IUCN Red List assessments to re-assess their status to further protect the species.
Professor Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group hailed the conference as “a landmark event” in pangolin conservation.
" We will have 50 researchers from around the world gathered to set a road map for conserving pangolins over the next decade. Especially important here is formulating ways to reduce demand for pangolins in Asia."
Pangolins — also called scaly anteaters — are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia, and increasingly, in Africa. Tens of thousands of these shy mammals are killed each year because of the trade. Pangolin scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine, although the scales are simply made of keratin, like human fingernails. Pangolins are also eaten as a delicacy and for purported health benefits in China and Vietnam. More....