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The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group unites the world’s pangolin experts and provides the primary venue for stakeholders to obtain important scientific information about pangolins as well as formulated action plans that are igniting conservation efforts around the world

Mission and Vision

The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is a voluntary network of experts from around the world including field biologists, social scientists, zoologists, veterinarians, ecologists and geneticists, all of whom are actively involved in pangolin research and conservation.

The Pangolin Specialist Group was re-established in February 2012 in recognition of the widespread threats to pangolins globally and to address the lack of understanding of the species and their conservation needs.

We are an advisory body to IUCN and currently have 190 members from 38 countries around the globe.

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Our Vision is that Pangolins are globally celebrated and thriving in viable populations. Conservation action for pangolins from local to international scales is informed by abundant research data and guided by a cohesive pangolin conservation community.

Our Mission is to work within the framework of the IUCN SSC to secure a future for wild pangolins through advancing knowledge on pangolin status, threats and conservation priorities, and by catalysing action to conserve them.

The Pangolin Specialist Group’s overarching purpose is to serve as leaders in pangolin conservation globally by:

Assessing the conservation status of pangolins for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Providing advice to IUCN and other conservation stakeholders
Catalysing and undertaking scientific research to learn more about pangolins, the nature and severity of their threats, and to devise appropriate conservation actions

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Contributing to multilateral environmental agreements on pangolin related issues (e.g. CITES)
Developing global conservation strategies and supporting the development of species-specific, national and regional conservation strategies
Providing technical support to pangolin research and conservation projects and advising on captive husbandry, rescue and release protocols.

If you have any questions or would like some more information on our projects please contact us.