Could pangolins be a piece of the coronavirus puzzle?

Researchers in Guangzhou said pangolins are a possible “intermediate host” of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 630 people in China. We’re looking into their findings and will share more detailed information as soon as possible. Read here our report at Myanmar Now, and the South China Morning Post’s report. Here’s our report…

Translations of our collaborative reports on pangolins

We released our global investigative report to the public domain under the Creative Commons’ BY-NC-ND license, making translating and republishing the report simple and free. This has led to some great translations that helped us spread the reach of our reporting. In Myanmar, our colleagues at Myanmar Now translated our investigation into Burmese. But they didn’t stop there.…

Insights into a pangolin smuggling syndicate

Our colleagues Karen Zhang and Xu Jiaming published their investigation into a Chinese wildlife smuggling syndicate. According to court documents in mainland China, the group smuggled at least three shipments of more than four tonnes of pangolin scales worth 3.8 million yuan (US$547,500) from Nigeria to China, with the cargo going through South Korea and…

Myanmar: Pangolins are trafficked in plain sight

Our Chinese reporter, Xu Jiaming, teamed up with Tin Htet Paing, a senior reporter at Myanmar Now, to visit markets, restaurants and shops in major trade hubs across the country, feigning interest in buying pangolins. They found consumption and trade of the nearly extinct animal to be more pervasive and more brazen than we had…

Malaysia: The Pangolin and the Dark World of Trafficking

Today, our partners at R.AGE in Malaysia published an incredible investigative storybook on their reporting on the pangolin trade. Here’s how they describe the effort: “Once there was a group of journalists who set out to expose the illicit pangolin trade in Malaysia with hard-hitting videos and sharp news copy. But they returned with a collection of…