The pangolins disappearing in Africa

Mammalian pangolins are exposed to international hunting and trafficking in Africa and specifically in Cameroon.

More than 20,000 kg of pangolins and their parts, mostly from Africa, are trafficked internationally every year, says Traffic, a biodiversity conservation and sustainable development NGO focused on wildlife trade. In Central Africa, it’s estimated 400,000 to three million pangolins are killed every year. While there has been much global awareness and furor around the hunting of elephants and rhinos for ivory, it is pangolins who top the global chart of mammals exposed to poaching.

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