Pangolins: the most trafficked mammal in the world. 1

What we’ve subjected pangolins to in recent years has been utterly unforgivable.

Every single day, hundreds of these scaly creatures are snatched from the wild to have their bodies carved up for meat and their scales pulverised for traditional medicines.

By the end of today, dozens of precious pangolins will have been slaughtered. By the end of next week, that number could be in the thousands.

They're hurtling towards extinction.

It is enough to make you sick to your stomach. But to traffickers, it just means more cash in the bank.

And things just got worse. Some research has suggested pangolins were involved in passing Covid-19 to humans. If confirmed, this could ignite a bloody backlash against a creature already at breaking point. 2

If left to fend for themselves against such cruelty, the defenceless little pangolins don't stand a chance.

They urgently need your help.

What is Fauna & Flora International (FFI) doing?

FFI has been leading effective on-the-ground responses to curb illegal wildlife trade for more than fifteen years.

To disrupt poaching networks, FFI works with partners conducting intelligence-led investigations, supporting local law enforcement and disrupting trade routes. FFI teams are working incredibly hard to gather the evidence needed for authorities to arrest and prosecute those involved in wildlife trafficking. This work takes time and a methodical approach. They have to identify key individuals, investigate and build a case. It is difficult work, relying on good community relations, undercover investigations, great teamwork and unflinching determination. Each arrest and conviction deters poaching and disrupts international trade. This saves pangolins – and the many other species being targeted.

With enough support, we can keep pangolins where they belong: in their forest habitat and out of the hands of poachers.

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Imagine for a moment what life would be like as a pangolin. 3

You begin life traversing the jungle clinging to your mother’s scaly tail. You eat ants, climb trees and generally keep to yourself.

When danger’s near she wraps you under her tummy, forming an impenetrable barrier - a technique that’s kept pangolins alive for millions of years.

But if you’re like over 1,000,000 others in the last 2 decades – a world of horror awaits you.

You curl up when you hear footsteps approach, waiting for the threat to pass. Tragically, that ancient defence mechanism makes you helpless to the trafficker who’s spotted you. They snatch you from your home and trade you to a wildlife dealer.

You’re then frozen and shipped across the world to have your corpse floated in wine or caged alive outside a restaurant ready to be slaughtered at a dinner table in front of wealthy diners.

Pangolin meat. Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service |

Time is running out

Unless we can get protection in place soon – pangolins are not going to survive. Their 80-million-year history will end now, with us, as a damning example of how humanity put profits above its planet.

And that’s where you come in.

The task ahead is enormous, but through your support, FFI has done this before - they’ve halted forest loss, brought down gangs, and changed laws. Saving these creatures will take all of that - and more - but together we can end this.

If we can act now and bring down the illegal wildlife trade in pangolins, then their numbers can still stabilise.

You can help save these wonderful animals. One pangolin at a time.

Pangolins need your help

They are the most trafficked mammal in the world, and unless we act now, they could disappear forever. With their populations plummeting, their only hope is people like you.

While time isn't on our side, if we can all act now there's still enough of it left to save these brilliant animals - and avoid the gory ending to their story that they don't deserve.

Wildlife is resilient and will rebound – if we just give it a chance to recover.

You can help to protect pangolins from the brutalities of the illegal wildlife trade by taking this 2-minute survey.

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3. Adapted from Mark Todd’s “The humble pangolin’s heartbreaking tale”