Tipping the scales: pangolins back in Zululand for first time in 70 years
As World Pangolin Day was celebrated on Saturday, there was good news on two fronts in SA
For the first time in some seven decades, the distinctive scaled bodies of the pangolin will be seen in KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand region.
It is a critical step in helping to conserve and protect the endangered Temminck’s Ground Pangolin, the world’s most trafficked animal, according to the UN.
“Estimates of how many pangolins have been illegally traded in recent years are difficult to calculate given that seizures represent a small fraction of the animals killed. However, the magnitude of the illegal trade based on seizure records suggests that wild sourcing is unsustainable, while breeding of pangolins in captivity at commercial scale is not possible...