Global trafficking threat catches up to Sri Lanka’s endangered pangolins

The same demand for pangolin scales and flesh that’s driving the animal’s decline across Africa and Southeast Asia is also taking a toll in Sri Lanka, one of the least-studied pangolin ranges.

A new study into Sri Lanka’s population of Indian pangolins (Manis crassicaudata), one of eight species of the scaly anteater and the only one found on the island, identifies hunting for the domestic bushmeat trade as the main factor in its decline. But it also identifies a growing threat from the illegal international trade in pangolin scales.

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