Pangolins also referred to as scaly anteaters, are found living across the tropical regions of Asia and Africa. The name pangolin originates from the Malay word “pengguling”, meaning “something that rolls up”. Pangolins are considered one of the most illegally traded mammals across the globe. Based on reported seizures between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 116,990-233,980 pangolins were killed, which represents only the tip of the iceberg. Authorities reckon that these reported seizures represent only 10 percent of the actual volume illegally traded.
The main cause of these illegal wildlife trade activities is largely due to the high demand by humans for consumption and the extensive damage and destruction of their natural habitats. Pangolins are highly sought after for their meat and traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cultures hold them as delicacies. Pangolins are thought to have high medicinal value in traditional medicine.