Chi­nese Pan­golin

Ma­nis pen­tadactyla

Asian Geographic - - WILDLIFE -

Sta­tus: Crit­i­cally En­dan­gered Re­gion: Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, In­dia, Laos, Myan­mar, Nepal, Tai­wan, China, Thai­land and Viet­nam Pop­u­la­tion re­main­ing: De­creas­ing

Pan­golins are among the most traded wild an­i­mal in the world with about 100,000 of them hunted for sale each year. Its meat is con­sid­ered a del­i­cacy in China, Viet­nam and other parts of Asia and re­searchers have warned that the Chi­nese pan­golin could be eaten to the point of ex­tinc­tion. Il­le­gal poach­ing and trade per­sists de­spite leg­is­la­tion such as the ban on the ex­port of Asian pan­golins re­moved from the wild for com­mer­cial pur­poses un­der the Con­ven­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which has been in place since 2000. All eight pan­golin species are clas­si­fied from Vul­ner­a­ble to Crit­i­cally En­dan­gered by IUCN.

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