The following article extract was published by the Daily Maverick and was written by Tessa Knight.

A policy document has been released that assesses gaps in the strategies and policies used to protect the most trafficked mammal in the world — the pangolin.

A question of scales, a report compiled by Richard Chelin for ENACT (Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organised crime), emphasises the need for urgent action to protect the animal known as the scaly anteater.

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Markets in Asia have a voracious appetite for the solitary creatures and after decimating the Asian population, African numbers are decreasing at alarming rates.

The rest of the article is behind a paywall, and can be accessed here

Download Richard Chelin’s document HERE