The pangolin black market is fueled by its scales, not its good looks

May 15, 2019
Pangolin scales are in demand primarily for traditional Chinese medicine.
A baby Sunda pangolin nicknamed 'Sandshrew' is taken out for feeding by Serena Oh, assistant director and head vet of Veterinary Services in Wildlife Reserves Singapore, at the Singapore Zoo on June 30, 2017. Sandshrew was brought to the Wildlife Health and Research Centre on January 16, reportedly found stranded in the Upper Thomson area by a member of the public. Sunda pangolins are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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China moves toward ban on all ivory trading

Dec 14, 2016
The government of China says it will soon announce a timetable to close down its domestic ivory industry. China has long been the site of the world’s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory. Conservationists say a total ban…
Ivory items are shown to the media before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015.
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Funny-looking clam fetches top dollar in China

Apr 10, 2012
Poachers ply the waters of the Pacific Northwest to cash in on demand for geoducks.