Monday, June 24, 2013

Worldwide conservation strategy for pangolins planned

Here is some good tiding for Pangolin conservation.

Pangolins found in Africa and Asia, are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia. Thousands are illegally exported to China and Viet Nam. In an effort to stem this rot The International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC) Pangolin Specialist and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) are organizing the first ever global conference on pangolin conservation.

50 researchers from around the world are gathering in Singapore this week to define a future conservation strategy for Pangolins. The conference titled “Scaling up pangolin conservation” will run from 24th to 27th.

All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws. Two are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Pangolin is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family,Manidae, has one genus, Manis, and eight species. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, which means "something that rolls up".

The eight species are
Indian pangolin (M. crassicaudata)
Chinese pangolin (M. pentadactyla) Endangered
Sunda pangolin (M. javanica) Endangered
Philippine pangolin (M. culionensis)
Giant pangolin (M. gigantea)
Ground pangolin (M. temmincki)
Tree pangolin (M. tricuspis)
Long-tailed pangolin (M. tetradactyla)

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