By Janet Lin Hui-Chen, on June 25, 2019
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Taiwan’s Path to Pangolin Conservation – How a Mega Pangolin Scale Exporter Transformed into a Conservation Specialist

According to the Trade Record Analysis of Flora & Fauna in Commerce (TRAFFIC), one million pangolins have been illegally trafficked in the past decade. The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed pangolins on its Red List of Threatened Species, meaning that they’re now threatened with extinction.

Taiwan will likely be the last conservation ground for pangolins. Wild pangolin population has the highest density in Taiwan, according to a study conducted by the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Just half a century ago, Taiwan was exporting 60,000 pangolin skins per year, almost pushing the entire species to extinction. In the past fifty years, how did Taiwan transform itself from a hell for wildlife animals to the world’s last safe haven for pangolins?

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Janet Lin Hui Chen

Janet Lin Hui-Chen

Hui-Chen is a journalist in Taiwan who cares deeply about agriculture, the environment, nature and all living beings….