Pangolins are among the world’s most heavily trafficked wild mammals and from 2013-2019 the scales of tens of thousands of pangolins have been seized in Hong Kong alone, mostly from Africa. Based on these seizures, its estimated that a pangolin is poached every 17 minutes to supply the city’s illegal pangolin trade. Experts believe that the eight species will be extinct within 10-20 years if the current situation continues.
One of the greatest challenges faced in combatting wildlife trafficking is lack of political will in part driven by lack of knowledge and awareness of the nature of the trade and its social and environmental impacts. To address this, ADMCF is working work with an international network of investigative journalists to simultaneously investigate and report on wildlife trafficking networks focusing on the pangolin – from source countries in Asia and Africa, through importing countries such as Hong Kong to final destination countries such as China Vietnam and Taiwan. Such a coordinated approach is unique and aims to attain maximum global coverage, drawing attention to the pangolin crisis. If successful this approach could be adopted to address wildlife trafficking more broadly.
This Global Environmental Reporting Collective is composed of an international network of journalists to produce a first multimedia package of stories on the poaching, smuggling, and consumption of pangolins.
Catalysing Change, in a Transforming World
November 11, 2021
Sophie le Clue
On 1st November, I stepped in to ADMCF’s CEO role following Lisa’s move into her new position at ADM Capital, building funds with a climate focus. After 15 years steering ADM Capital Foundation, Lisa has joined our ...
The Animals have a Reason to Celebrate, Hong Kong’s Historic Mandate to Pursue Wildlife Criminals
August 26, 2021
Sophie le Clue
In November 2020, we published a blog entitled: Will Hong Kong Finally Recognise Wildlife Crime as Serious and Organized? nineteen months later, that question has finally been answered – Yes. On August 18th Hong Kong’s ...
#BeTheChange: Tipping the Scales
August 12, 2021
“In recent years, researchers estimate a pangolin was poached every 21 minutes to fuel the illegal trade in Hong Kong alone. Globally, a pangolin is poached from the wild every 5 minutes.” #BetheChange: Tipping the ...